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JD / March 21, 2008 6:42 PM

I swerve through some pretty heavy potholes just off LSD on the North/LaSalle exit.
(Right turn lane onto Stockton)
They fill them every few weeks but they reopen quickly in just a few days.

Mindy / March 21, 2008 7:15 PM

they just filled a few by the speed bump on briar between orchard and halsted, but it doesnt make much difference on my bike.

Eamon / March 21, 2008 9:09 PM

A neighbor called last week; a crew filled them in Wednesday. The City that Works!

maardvark / March 21, 2008 11:58 PM

The city does splat down a little patch of asphalt to fix the pothole within a week or two of calling it in, but that solution never lasts. Permanent solutions to potholes really involve completely repaving the street. Around here, that process involves them removing the old pavement, going away for a month, and then getting around to putting down new asphalt on their own good time. Is the cure worse than the disease?

Blue Boy / March 22, 2008 8:48 AM

I swerve through some pretty heavy potholes just off LSD...

I hear ya, hepcat. Blue Boy's been known to pull a couple of bongs himself to take the edge off a bad trip too, dig?

dannygutters / March 22, 2008 1:22 PM

They just fixed the hug one near the post office on california and fullerton, that took about 2 years. Tho if you can't see the bottom is it still called a pot hole?

Lauri / March 23, 2008 12:50 AM

My whole street was a pothole for a few weeks last year. Now, it's not too bad ... but most other streets are pretty clunky.

Lauri / March 23, 2008 12:51 AM

Oh wait -- I just misused "clunky." Make that "junky."

PMan / March 23, 2008 11:21 PM

All the stars have lined up to make this a bad winter for potholes, and I think it will take a few months, say July, before all streets are back to normal.

In general, I think the city spends too much for street repair. It seems that every 5 years some streets are completely resurfaced. From a politician's perspective, it's money straight into the pockets of connected companies and union laborers.

I prefer that side streets be a bit bumpy, it slows traffic down.

Bill / March 24, 2008 12:24 AM

none near me, but the road by my school is more pothole than actual road.

Johnny Boy / March 24, 2008 7:23 AM

It is cheaper to just fill the pot holes when they appear, than to try to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Ian / March 24, 2008 8:10 AM

To paraphrase a fellow countryman of mine, on my street Van Buren we have enough 'Holes to fill the Albert Hall...'

Repairs? I am guessing we are not going to see too much action until later this year, given the scale of task facing the city.

Emily / March 24, 2008 8:14 AM

Western from Diversey to Wilson (both directions) is pretty horrible, and eastbound Addison from Damen to Clark is miserable. Sadly, the Addison damage has been growing for 5 years, so I can't solely blame this winter for that. I can't tell if they're trying to fix/repair it or not; they've got barricades lined up along there but no action...

charlie / March 24, 2008 8:32 AM

My block in RP is perfect. The corner of Golf and Crawford in Skokie is a minefield. Our little Honda Fit got eaten by a professional sized pothole.

$1200 for 2 new wheels and 2 tires.


d. / March 24, 2008 11:30 AM

hi. i live on hoyne right near division and we have a lot of potholes! when it is nice out, i go skateboarding sometimes, so now i will need to watch out for the pits so i don't fall down and break my face.

man, charlie, $1200 is a lot. that sucks. can you file a claim with the city of skokie or something?

Pedro / March 24, 2008 12:19 PM

My street has about 4-5 small/midsize holes. Not so bad, but none of them have been patched up so far.

We're holding up better than the surrounding blocks, which look like mortar practice.

I've lost one tire this year driving down Sheridan near Loyola.

Allan / March 24, 2008 12:38 PM

I was walking around Chicago Thursday and fell in a pot hole. When I got to the bottom I found all my hopes and dreams were down there. I tried to climb out but I just got gravel and sand in my eyes. I looked at my hopes and dreams but they didn't say anything. When I tried calling for help a local alderman riding on a police officers back told me to keep it down down there and asked if I had paid my taxes or voted for him. Before I could answer he was gone. I looked around the hole and my hopes and dream were gone too. I didn't see them go. I was hoping they went for help. It started to get dark. HEYYYY! THERE IS SOMEONE DOWN HERE. No answer. I decided to masturbate but it was too cold. I must of passed out because the next thing I remember was waking up surrounded by sanitation workers. They offered me a beef sandwich but it was dry and hard to swallow. I ate it just to be polite then excused myself and went home. I like to think my hopes and dreams saved, that they somehow made it out of that hole and came back for me but I just don't know.

Dutch101 / March 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Our street was just resurfaced a couple years ago, so it by itself is fine. There have been a lot of potholes this winter, including some pretty impressive ones. When the trib did that story on potholes, I actually recognized one that I have passed a couple of times, on Ridge by the Heart of Chicago motel, a real doozy.
Also, I would guess that the city probably has some sort of claims process that you could go through to get money for damages. I know it is fairly common for states or municipalities to either self-insure for claims of this nature, or require contractors to be insured.

kelly / March 24, 2008 3:03 PM

The city doesn't have any pothole-sensing psychics on staff, y'all. Make sure you call 311 and tell them that your block is full of potholes.

I swear, it really works.

charlie / March 24, 2008 5:29 PM

d. said: man, charlie, $1200 is a lot. that sucks. can you file a claim with the city of skokie or something?

We sent a claim to the State but zI have it on good knowledge that they won't pay it. Golf Rd is a State Rd so Skokie said nokey.

It does suck since the City of Chicago apparently will pay 1/2 of something like this.......though I wonder how I really feel bout that??

It's a brand new car and the dealer hit us for $400 a pop on the wheels. Had I known that I may have had it towed to a tire place and bought 4 new wheels for less.


Bikes are way cheaper and they keep my blood pressure lower.

DEE / January 12, 2009 3:18 PM

Well, i have a story for you guys 6 days ago i was driving North on Crawford towards Dempster and in the right line i collided with a enormous pothole that blew my tire. Yesterday driving on my spare on Devon going East towards Crawford in the right lane AGAIN i blew another tire. The price of each of my tires are $275 apiece and i have just arrived back home after serving 5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. The City gave me a number to call which is 708-381-4051 and guess what? That number is having problems and i cant get thru to them. Now i am stuck at home and with 2 blowen tires. What to do....

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