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      02-07-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Doesn't Chicago have the WORST potholes in the world now

I mean it's like a Third World country. I've seen better roads in any number of less wealthy countries.
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I dont know man, Michigan has some bad ones... Yesterday getting off the highway, on the off ramp I hit a pothole so big and hard that it knocked the plastic pannel over the front maplights area off on to the floorboards and it poped the air compressor and jumper cables out of the cubby space in the trunk too.

Damn potholes.
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I dont know man, Michigan has some bad ones... Yesterday getting off the highway, on the off ramp I hit a pothole so big and hard that it knocked the plastic pannel over the front maplights area off on to the floorboards and it poped the air compressor and jumper cables out of the cubby space in the trunk too.

Damn potholes.
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I don't know if Michigan's potholes can compare to what we've got here. Perhaps in number, but not in magnitude. I can't remember ever seeing potholes like this. They look less like a pothole than a crack in the earth's crust. A lot of them are more than a foot deep and a foot across.
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      02-07-2008, 05:22 PM   #5
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ummm you should go to Boston or LA or new york!!! they are all much worse and la doesn't even have to deal with snow which is what causes most of the pot holes...philly sucks, Pittsburgh san fran is way way worse like new york and ersey and so on...i think Chicago has the best roads for the size of the city..i always avoid them and i am in the city everyday almost besides the last month where i have been getting some training for work!!! i have been to about 25 countries also and i have no clue where your getting your info from or what countries you have been too but damn..we have great roads for the size of the city and having twice the normal amount of snow this year hasn't helped..i am sure once spring gets around they will be fixing them..but honestly i don't see that many AT ALL and i am in the northern burbs, western burbs, southern burbs, and all around the cit..pound for pound we have great streets!!!! we don't put a pimple on new york's ass..not even a blemish...that city has one every 10 feet it seems!!! for all the traffic and weather Chicago does a great job in comparison!!!! hell eeven in michigan the potholes suck they are in much worse spots than in chicago and they don't have near the traffic or anything...but they don't have all the tax dollars to pay for it either!!!
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Dude I drive a lot in NYC and have lived in LA and Boston, the potholes this year in Chicago are the worst EVER. Take a ride down Fullerton east of the Kennedy. You won't have one good tire after that ride.
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Dude I drive a lot in NYC and have lived in LA and Boston, the potholes this year in Chicago are the worst EVER. Take a ride down Fullerton east of the Kennedy. You won't have one good tire after that ride.
100% agreed. I was born and raised in a 3rd world country (Turkey), traveled all over the word for business, lived in Ann Arbor Michigan, traveled most of US. I have never seen roads worse than Chicago. Anywhere.

I understand cold and snow in Chicago do not help. But I stayed in northern Germany for months - which gets really cold and snowy, roads were great. Alma-ata Kazakhstan is at least as cold as Chicago (they held winter olympics) and roads were much better. It could be the material quality - Chicago roads have major problem. I'm sure there is a way to have great roads which will survive years under extreme circumstances. Question is, is it financially feasible? Yes, you might spend a lot upfront but you do not get to spend that much for fixing the roads over and over again. Also, consider the cost associated with flat tires, damaged rims etc. I consider myself a careful driver and I had 2 rim damages the last 2 years because of potholes.

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i drove my 335 tonight for the first time in 2 weeks, and almost destroyed a wheel, or at least it felt that way... sometimes those potholes just come up too quick to react. it is really bad out there, I can only remember one other time where it was this bad!
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      02-08-2008, 10:44 AM   #9
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in a month baring little snow.. they will get fixed...but it's not the cities fault for all the snow...hell new york is like this all year round!!!! yeah maybe a couple streets are horriblke and yes it has been on the news but i drive A LOT in the city in the 10k miles i have i don't have any damaged tires or rims..not one scratch...the reason it's so bad is because of all the ice!!! if they are filling 2000 a day and it keeps icing and snowing we have a problem...but they will catch up and in a couple months it will be ok whereas in new york and la the streets will always be bad!!! damn ice in 26 years i have never seen the streets have soooo much ice on them...it's insane!!!! we have had twice the yearly average of snow and we still have the rest of february and march to go...and the beginning of april isn't a cakewalk either...but compare this city to the others esp in the summer time where weather doesn't play a factor and good god are the others much much worse....i can deal with staying off lsd and fullerton. one thing i will say is active steering has saved me...it is the best weapon against pot holes period...no human can react that ast without it..active steering ROCKS!!!
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I think Michigan may have a winner in the pothole category. I hit a pothole that managed to mess up the passenger-side CV joint in my '04 TL and caused the LSD to bind and break the differential.
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umm.. LA does?
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WTF, Chicago has the worst roads. It's the most corrupt city. Roads are purposely bad to ensure job security! Filling potholes, that's job security too, right?

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I thought summer riding on the motorcycle was bad. This is ridiculous. I feel like I'm autocrossing down Lake Shore.
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its because the damn weather has been flip flopping between 40 degrees for a few days and then 0 degrees for a few days. Make shit out of roads from all of the expanding and contracting, makes shit out of all the already shitty snowboarding hills within a reasonable drive, and it makes shit out of my tires. Thankfully i have a portable air compressor that plus into the lighter socket... i get way too many low air pressure warnings with the cold and potholes involved.

basically just really shitty weather
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Agreed...worst potholes in Chicago

I was driving down in Lemont on my way to go to a friend's house, nailed a pothole and got a bubble on the front passenger side sidewall.
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It is getting dangerous.

The city is unbelievably bad, and suburban Lake county, IL is brutal. I ran into a series of potholes on Grand in the city that was worse than offroading, and Rand Rd is disintegrating.

I travel every week (cover the entire U.S.), and nothing compares with Chicagoland this year. New Jersey roads are great in comparison. L.A. roads are as smooth as a babies bottom in comparison.

Really makes me want to move away...
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ummm you should go to Boston or LA or new york!!! they are all much worse and la doesn't even have to deal with snow which is what causes most of the pot holes.
Don't know what part of LA you are talking about but I was born and raised in South Pasadena and it was virtually pothole free. Michigan is 1,000,000 times worse.

To the guy with the bubble in the tire. I had that happen before the winter hit here in Michigan. Then last week I lost my tow hook cover off my bumper when I hit a pothole. Sucks.
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I am really getting scared to drive my car anywhere in the barrington/hoffman estates area. barrington road by I90 looks like an earthquake hit it.
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