Pot Hole City!!!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Black Ice Guru, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. Black Ice Guru

    Black Ice Guru Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    i live in the ann arbor ypsilanti area the roads are so bad here i get my swerve on in and out of the pot holes so much that i worry the police will think im drunk.the last snow we had here i broke a tie rod.i know it had to do with the wear and tare of the roads with the plow on it.im looking to put some heavy duty air bag shocks on the truck because i want try to prevent any further damage. any suggestions? i know you detroit guys no what im talking about i hate going east ive seen pot holes that would kill. hehehe
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    This year has been real bad for potholes,it seems like its 40 degrees for 3 days-then drops to 10-20,this cycle kills blacktop,we have had this cycle about 7 times this season already.
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,178

    And I thought Michigan was the only state with crappy roads. lol
  4. greenquestlawn

    greenquestlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    around here when they fix them (or try ) they spray the tar and then shoot stone over top. Every time inbetween snows they have to redo this and the amount of stone they put over it is unbelievable. they spray a handfull of holes and cover the road with stone which is wonderful if your behind a truck. Then it snows and the plows go by and fling stones in the yards. some peoples yards along this stretch look to be about an inch deep with stone up to mabey 20 feet in (i wouldnt want to be the one to rake that up in the spring) cant even see the grass.
  5. OP
    Black Ice Guru

    Black Ice Guru Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    oh i forgot i cant wait to have to drive in all the construction traffic jams this summer the new roads they fixed this year you can see the seams cracking.i better have the ac working or it will be like walking through he#! with gasoline boxer's on

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    Air Bags

    B.I.G., I installed the airlift air bags on my truck and it does take some of the strain off the frontend and lifts the truck about 2". As far as helping with potholes I don't think ANYTHING can help with the potholes I've seen around here :( .
  7. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    I don't care what anyone says. Michigan has the worst roads in the country. I have traveled many states and have never seen any thing like it.
  8. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Pot holes!?!?!?! They're more like craters here!!!

    My truck is about 20+feet long, and it's almost been swallowed whole by a few of theses things!!![​IMG]


    [Edited by SlimJim Z71 on 02-15-2001 at 07:52 PM]
  9. allabout

    allabout Member
    Messages: 50

    Hay Tim if your in Palatine drive down plum grove rd. towards woodfield it like 4 weeling off rd.
  10. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Havn't dared to go down that way yet without a spare axle in the truck!!! LOL

    Seriously though, even the potholes on Rt. 14 are pretty big. Now that I think about it though, we have had quite a few freeze/thaw cycles. My sinus's are going nuts lately... one day it's in the 40's, next it's only 15. That's enough to mess anything up.

  11. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    :eek: Potholes are a great way to make some extra money.

    When we are not plowing,I have my sweeper driver check all our malls for potholes.Then when he returns he goes out and fills them.Great extra!!!
    Sometimes we even call other malls to let them know that our pothole truck is out working,and ask if they would like theirs filled.
    Good Luck
  12. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Do you use cold patch, Mike, or do you have one of them fancy hot patching rigs?
  13. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    We just use cold patch till the plants open up.You have to admit it sounds good when you tell them the pot hole truck is out and it is just a pickup :D
  14. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266


    I was driving to milwaukee tuesday night and i am following a flat bed semi down us 90, just got into illinois and this trucker swerved into the other lane and i followed also, boy am i glad i did, that crater, about 10 ft wide and 3 ft long maybe 12" deep would have swallowed my truck. ahead about 200 yds there was a chevy 1 ton with a two flat tires on the side of the road, i think he hit that hole
    i'd of broke a axle for sure