Pothole News Digest: Wreaking havoc around the world

A roundup of the latest pothole news from around the world.

Barbados’ Prime Minister may not think that visitors are bothered by potholes, but maybe it’s because they’re on holiday.

In an effort to gain insight into how people in other parts of the world react to potholes where they live, Loop presents Pothole News Digest – a roundup of recent headlines from around the world.

 

CANADA:

Potholes 'crazy,' says N.L. driver who lost 2 wheels in 1 month

NEWFOUNDLAND (January 10): A driver in St. John's says he's out hundreds of dollars due to potholes, but fears the worst is yet to come.

Both of Mackenzie Graham's front tires were flattened in the past three weeks when he struck potholes — first on Manuel's Access Road and then on Pitts Memorial Drive near St. John's.

Graham says he's out at least $300, but someone else could have easily flipped their vehicle on the same stretch of Pitts Memorial Drive where he broke down.

Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-driver-potholes-crazy-1.3929925

 

USA:

Pothole in Grand Rapids, Michigan busts drivers’ tires

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (January 10) — Around a dozen vehicles have flat tires after hitting a large pothole on Market Avenue SW in Grand Rapids.

The pothole is on Market near I-196. It’s at least a yard in each direction and about 2.5 inches deep with a sharp edge. Several vehicles had two flat tires after hitting it around 5:30 p.m.

A police officer arrived on the scene to block the lane around 6 p.m. The lane will remain shut until the pothole is fixed.

You can report potholes in Grand Rapids on the city’s website.

Read more here: woodtv.com/2017/01/10/pothole-in-grand-rapids-busts-drivers-tires/

 

Dayton startup develops pothole detector app

(January 10) - A Dayton company is creating an app that could save vehicles from pothole damage and save motorists from hundreds of dollars in repair costs.

“The average driver spends about $800 bucks a year just in vehicle maintenance due to poor road conditions- whether it’s flat tires due to potholes or just normal bumpy roads,” said Road-Aid founder and CEO James Bridgers.

Read more here: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/miss-that-pothole-dayton-startup-develops-detector-app/ltMp3VF2duQGdRNtfyHn3J/

 

UK:

Taxpayers' cash worth nearly £18k paid out to drivers for pothole damage

(January 11) - Nearly £18,000 of taxpayers' money has been paid out to drivers for pothole damage across Gloucestershire's roads.

The information, which was revealed through a Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire County Council, show that £17,774 has been paid in compensation to motorists for pothole-related damage over the last three years.

The sums of money attracted criticisms from the county's Liberal Democrats who expressed their disappointment with the Conservative controlled Council for not properly investing in the area's roads.

Read more here: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/pothole-compensation-costing-council-thousands/story-30050104-detail/story.html

 

EDITOR'S PICK:

Thai model's pothole protest makes a splash

(September 22, 2016) Fed up with the condition of the roads on her route to her relatives in the Mae Ramat district in Thailand's Tak province, a Bangkok-based model donned a shower cap and took a 'protest bath' in one of the holes that are causing ongoing problems and accidents.

According to the BBC, after the pictures went viral the governor of Tak Province ordered the relevant agencies to repair the road without delay, and new photos posted on Facebook appear to confirm that those repairs are underway.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-37485461

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