The Crunch & Thud Echoing Across The Country: Potholes Everywhere (VIDEO)

By NBC33

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM EST

UNITED STATES (NBC33) -- It’s the bone-rattling crunch and thud echoing across the country this winter.

America’s pitted and pocked roads are growing worse by the day, ruining suspensions, damaging tires and forcing governments to fill the holes.

75% of cities and states have already outspent their winter maintenance budgets. In Washington, crews have already filled 9,000 holes. In Chicago, they’re up to 165,000. In New York where a school bus was nearly swallowed, the mayor has added an extra $7 million to the pothole budget.

While here in Indiana, the governor has ordered a “pothole surge”.

"We will run alternating 12 hour shifts on weekdays and weekends to repair as many potholes as quickly as possible," Governor Mike Pence said.

How Potholes Develop:
Asphalt pavement is laid over a base layer of gravel and soil. When water leaks through cracks in the pavement, it seeps into the base layer and when that water freezes, it expands and moves the soil.

Once a car rolls over the pavement in a weakened spot, the pavement cracks and gives way.

The potholes are only making the dire condition of the nation’s infrastructure even worse. Now, the former Secretary of Transportation says Congress needs to step in with billions in repair money.

"Our roadways are crumbling, our bridges are becoming unsafe and we are in a crisis in America when it comes to infrastructure."




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