Potholes 101: As most of us know, potholes result from fatigue, or simple wear and tear, on road surfaces. And winter speeds the process up because water expands when it turns into ice, causing additional forces on already-cracked patches of road. Once a pothole forms, it keeps growing as broken chunks of pavement become detached from the surrounding surface, and the pothole fills with water, and components of the road surface are scoured loose as passing vehicles and plows churn up the mess.
Needless to say, the recent snowstorms have caused massive potholes, and no better examples can be found than those of W. Bridge St. in New Hope, Pennsylvania’s answer to the bomb-cratered Ho Chi Minh Trail. This of course is no rap on the solid work and long hours put in by the Borough’s public works team — they are not even responsible for Route 179, it’s a state road. It is just a visual record of the mess road repair workers are confronting, including a couple of downtown sidewalk scenes to round out the visual journey.
Updated Feb. 19, 12:48 p.m.