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By ANN S. KIM, Staff Writer


CHAPEL HILL -- A monster pothole flattened tires on at least 14 cars -- and perhaps as many as 20 -- Friday night before it was put out of commission.

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority had dug the hole in the inner westbound lane of Raleigh Road, near the U.S. 15-501 underpass, to work on an old water main. The hole had been filled with dirt and gravel, but heavy rains washed that away Friday, OWASA spokesman Greg Feller said.

The hole was cold-patched Friday night, but not before it claimed the rear left tire of Molly Willis' Honda Civic.

Willis, 18, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill from Greenville, said she slammed on the brakes when she saw the car in front of her having some sort of difficulty.

"It was really deep. And it sounded, when I hit the hole, like my car was exploding," Willis said. The man who came to change her tire said she was the pothole's 20th victim, she said.

Daniel Harper, 20, a sophomore from Concord, was jolted by the impact of his Acura TSX hitting the pothole and his front left tire popping.

Six or seven other cars were stopped along the side of the road when he pulled over, he said. He could hear the effects of other drivers' run-ins during the half hour it took him to change the tire.

"I definitely heard people driving by and that flat tire sound -- fft, fft, fft. Definitely heard that," he said.

Willis and Harper were relatively lucky. Some of the pothole's victims reported two flattened tires and damaged rims.

Lt. Carl Moraven of the Chapel Hill police said no accidents were reported in connection with the pothole.

OWASA and the state Department of Transportation repaired the hole Friday evening, Feller said.

Anyone who wants to try to get reimbursed for damages from OWASA can call the authority, he said. But it wasn't immediately clear who might be liable for the hole in the state-maintained road.

"I just don't know," Feller said. "If someone wants to make a damage claim to OWASA, we do have insurance."

Daniel Keel, a DOT operations program manager, said claims filed against his agency would be investigated by the Attorney General's Office. The investigation would decide whether DOT is liable, a determination that could hinge on whether the problem was fixed within a reasonable time.

"If it's fixed within hours, that's a reasonable response," he said.

OWASA can be reached at 968-4421. Damage claim forms for the state Department of Transportation can be downloaded from www.ncdot.org/contact /findcounty.

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/3318929p-2959739c.html
 

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i found 3 bubbles in my front right tire... I HATE LOW PROFILE TIRES FOR THIS REASON...

no matter how much i watch out for them.. i still hit the occasional one.. somtimes i just think of there goes the tire... or I BENT A RIM... but so far i've been ok... replaced the bubbled one this time.. getting tired of doing it tho...
 

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hondafreak4eva said:
i found 3 bubbles in my front right tire... I HATE LOW PROFILE TIRES FOR THIS REASON...

no matter how much i watch out for them.. i still hit the occasional one.. somtimes i just think of there goes the tire... or I BENT A RIM... but so far i've been ok... replaced the bubbled one this time.. getting tired of doing it tho...
Yesterday I drove on the worst highway I have ever seen I hit pot holes every second in every lane (Cross island for New Yorkers)

And the weekend before I drove to Staten Island I wanted a Hummer the whole time.

I don’t think I have ever seen potholes the size of my car before lol.

I was driving after a mini cooper all of a sudden on a hill he disappears so I thought damn those things are quick all of a sudden I see a huge pot hole the size of the mini cooper.

I wont even talk about Brooklyn.

Well anyways you guys get the point.

asdfg
 

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lower peninsula of michigan has bad potholes also, especially around the detroit area.

Now in Texas the road just vanishes.....
 

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Just came back from LA and it's the same there too. I'm of the opinion the whole country's roadways and infrastructure are suffering.

Without getting into a political discussion don't tell that to George W, according to him, we're all just fine :rolleyes:
 

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Y'all beat me to it! After a couple of horrific hits today I was gonna talk about it.

Some really, really bad potholes around here the last few weeks, worst of all during the past week. Deadly. Maybe literally -- I'm ready to fall into one of them soon.

It's just like what tsxclub said (same general area).
 

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Y'all beat me to it! After a couple of horrific hits today I was gonna talk about it.

Some really, really bad potholes around here the last few weeks, worst of all during the past week. Deadly. Maybe literally -- I'm ready to fall into one of them soon.

It's just like what tsxclub said (same general area).
Maybe it has something to do with the incredible and record/near-record '03-'04 "Winter of Global Warming" with all the frost heaves. I know, I know, the weather is all Mr. Bush's fault, too...

As you know, they can't lay any new asphalt until spring, and couldn't even if the States of NY-NJ-Ct had enough money to **** it away. For the obvious reason.

I run 60 series snows on steelies on the Acura and 65 series snows on steelies on the Volvo and keep the Porsche on it's gumballs in the garage.

Well, Punxsutawney Phil claims we only have 4 1/2 more weeks to go!
 

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Having lived there for a year, I can say that news report is about as exciting as it gets in the Triangle. Ironically, potholes claimed 2 tires of ours last year - one of them on an on-ramp to that same highway (15-501). Doh!
 

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Feeling like Mr. Bill

What's the first thing that y'all do, right when you hit one of those potholes? You say something, right? And what do you say?

Well, what I say is, "Oh NOOOOOO!!!!!"


OK, I guess sometimes it gets worse than that......
 
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