Potholes, Are They Dangerous?

With growing cities and neighborhoods and the dream of travel, roads have become an essential part of our lives and while roadways are beneficial in many ways, they can also cause issues with hazardous surfaces that can be dangerous for vehicles, motorists or pedestrians. With an estimated 30+ million tons of goods being transported via semi-trucks across roads every single day in addition to the nearly 290 million registered vehicles in the United States, that is a lot of weight for our roadways to handle. Considering all of this information, it’s easy to see how important and essential it is for asphalt repair, especially with Phoenix, as alone it has an estimated population of 1.75 million. Asphalt repair is essential in our economic growth and the safety of our citizens. 

How Do Potholes Form?

With constant pressure from the vehicles and severe weather conditions, potholes are commonly created – especially in areas where it may snow or rain a lot due to the seepage of water into the ground under the asphalt and pavement, creating a weaker spot. When you consider heat as a severe weather condition, it’s easy to understand how this can also affect the condition of the asphalt over time and with our rapidly growing population within the valley, it is essential for asphalt repair for everyone’s safety. 

Can We Prevent Potholes?

Potholes can be prevented by doing routine maintenance on heavily commuted roadways. However, with the population increase, we are falling behind. Cities nationwide can prevent these potholes from forming by doing routine asphalt repair on roads that are still considered to be in good shape. Cities can make this happen by hiring asphalt companies to do crack sealing, roadway patching, and overlays – This may only fix the problem temporarily but it starts the process.

Making sure money is allocated for roadway maintenance is the biggest priority cities and state governments should make. Currently, the annual investment required by all levels of government is estimated to be around $185 billion per year, for the next 50 years. However, that nation’s yearly investment is just around $68 billion, according to pothole.info. 

Asphalt Repair in Phoenix

A woman-owned asphalt and repair services company, L&L Asphalt has been awarded many contracts by general contractors and municipalities, even ADOT. Our services include permanent asphalt replacement, street widening, asphalt overlays, asphalt repair, and more. Contact us today at (623) 434-1200 for more information on these and other services.

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