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Potholes in Edmonton

Potholes in Edmonton

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Published by Mack Male
Every year the City of Edmonton spends a few million dollars to fill a few hundred thousand potholes. Are potholes just a fact of life, or can we do something about them? I think the latter. It’s time for a more sophisticated and creative discussion about potholes in Edmonton!
Every year the City of Edmonton spends a few million dollars to fill a few hundred thousand potholes. Are potholes just a fact of life, or can we do something about them? I think the latter. It’s time for a more sophisticated and creative discussion about potholes in Edmonton!

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POTHOLES IN EDMONTON
Updated: April 4, 2013
Mack Male
http://www.mastermaq.ca
Abstract
Every year the City of Edmonton spends a few million dollars to fill a few hundred thousand
potholes. Are potholes just a fact of life, or can we do something about them? It’s time for a
more sophisticated and creative discussion about potholes in Edmonton.
 
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POTHOLES IN EDMONTON
Table of Contents
Pothole Primer .............................................................................................................................................. 2How do potholes form? ............................................................................................................................ 2How many potholes are there in Edmonton? ............................................................................................... 3How much does Edmonton spend fixing potholes? ..................................................................................... 4How does Edmonton compare to other Canadian cities? ............................................................................ 6How many kilometers of road does Edmonton need to maintain? ............................................................. 8What are the traffic trends in Edmonton that affect potholes? ................................................................... 9How does the weather in Edmonton affect potholes? ............................................................................... 11How often do we talk about potholes in Edmonton?................................................................................. 15What other factors could be considered? .................................................................................................. 17Sources ........................................................................................................................................................ 18License......................................................................................................................................................... 18
 
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POTHOLES IN EDMONTON
Pothole Primer
Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:
 A pothole (sometimes called a kettle and known in parts of the Western United States as achuckhole) is a type of disruption in the surface of a roadway where a portion of the roadmaterial has broken away, leaving a hole.
An alternative definition, suggested in “Pothole primer: A public administrator’s guide to understandingand managing the pothole problem” is:
 Any pavement defect involving the surface, or the surface and base, to the extent that it willcause significant noticeable impact on vehicle tires and vehicle handling.
How do potholes form?
Potholes develop when water and traffic are present at the same time. This infographic from theMissourian illustrates this process:

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