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Jolted by potholes? Take a ride with the pothole patrol

Jolted by potholes? Take a ride with the pothole patrol

CREATED Nov 2, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - You get a butt-busting lesson in potholes every time you get in a car in Tucson.

We asked you to tell us about your least favorite potholes.  You asked us what's being done about them.
     
A special van is part of the solution.  The Tucson Department of Transportation uses it to measure roughness with more than seat-of the-pants precision.
      
TDOT engineer Todd Kessler says that's what the Federal government requires before it'll send money to help fix the streets.

"It allows us to put a number to each roadway and show more of a scientific number on what condition is this road at, compared to another area, rather than just saying that road's bad and that road's bad, we're able to compare the numbers of the roads."

Want to learn more from the comfort of your cushy counch? Take a ride with the pothole patrol, in Craig Smith's special report this Sunday at ten.