A mini-series following my 44mm-high Homies character Pelon, where he poses for photo ops at potholes on the streets of Mount Tabor Park.
Leadership fixes potholes, not patching.
Chronic neglect of Portland’s streets is manifesting in the burgeoning number and size of dangerously large potholes across the city. Here, pothole road damage is seen in Mount Tabor Park, Portland, Oregon.
Engineering: From a technical perspective, a great deal of information can be gleaned from a deep pothole, as it provides a cross-section-view of the pavement structural section…or lack thereof, as in this case. Here, the asphalt wearing surface is heavily pitted, highly oxidized and brittle, confirming many years of neglect. At this pothole, the asphalt layer is thick; confirming this road has received an overlay, but perhaps covering up this pothole without first repairing it. The base course layer is hard to characterize because the quantity of water present. Roadway base course should be well-graded, faceted aggregate so as to provide optimum particle interlock. This dangerous pothole, in the traveled way and where pedestrians cross, can be repaired by cutting out and reconstructing, but simply patching or overlaying will rapidly lead to a repeat failure, preventing a level of service – or service life – that should be reasonably expected of it.
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