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Large Pothole Flattens Tires On I-395

by ARLnow.com — March 1, 2011 at 10:40 am 1,727 34 Comments

Update at 11:25 a.m. — The pothole has been filled, VDOT reports.

At least a half dozen cars suffered flat tires after hitting a big pothole on southbound I-395 this morning.

The pothole is located in the left lane between the 14th Street Bridge and the exit for Route 1, according to VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer McCord.

“Our contractor is en route right now and will be repairing it ASAP,” McCord said in an email.

Arlington police assisted a number of the disabled motorists.

  • borf

    We need to build a new lane to get around it.

    • Overgrown Bush

      Or they could just repair the pothole.

      • borf

        What???? Are you nuts? A more cost-effective solution involving improvement of existing infrastructure instead of a massive, expensive new project? Egads, man.

        • Overgrown Bush

          Nope. Existing roads get repaired. Build a quadrillion more square feet of living and office space: build more transportation infrastructure, including roads.

          • borf

            Now to get serious. No, alot of existing roads don’t get repaired, and alot of simple, cost-effective improvements to existing roads that could easy congestion are sometimes ignored in favor of big new projects.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Finally we agree. So true. I also occasionally see perfectly good roads scraped and repaved. WTF? Someone had to spend some money…

    • NArl

      why fix the road, people should just get smaller cars and they won’t hit the pothole. Ms Roy from lyon park is writting a letter to the county as I write this

      • borf

        Actually, driving trucks around pretending to be cars – i.e. SUVs – does put an added burden on the roads.

        • Fairness

          Good point. We should find a way to charge for using the road system based on gross vehicle weight and while we are at it, charge for storage based on how much space your vehicle takes up.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Actually, I think that kind of happens now. Trucks over a certain GVW are licensed and taxed differently and more than cars. Large SUVs are typically more expensive than smaller cars, and thus are taxed higher on property tax. They likewise use more gasoline, so the owner is contributing more to the gasoline tax. Plus, if they are deemed a “gas guzzler” they must pay a gas guzzler tax as well.

        • brendan

          i know how eager some people on here are to go after SUVs but…

          the difference in wear and tear on pavement done by cars vs. suvs is negligible.

          It’s weather and overloaded trucks that do 99% of the damage.

        • Jezebel

          It has also been proven that SUVs add disproportionately to traffic jams. They have a poorer weight/power ratio, so they accelerate more slowly at green lights. In addition, in flowing traffic, people in autos stay further behind an SUV than a sedan, because you can’t see ‘through’ an SUV like you can a sedan. SUVs crimp the field of vision of drivers behind them. That was a well-known effect of real trucks, but it is also reproduced by SUVs.

          • brendan

            not sure where to start but pretty much everything you said is either a broad generalization, completely made up or simply not true. nice try though.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Cite your proof, please. I doubt you have it.

    • NArl

      we don’t need a new lane, people should just get a smaller car so they won’t hit the pothole. Ms Roy, of lyon park, agrees with me and is writing a letter to the county not to fix the pothole if they are not going to fix the rest of the potholes in the county at the same time.

      • borf

        You can say that again. Oh, you did.

  • Jim

    Will VDOT pay to replace my tire?

  • Jim

    Im guessing with your excessive use of HA, that is a no?

    • Overgrown Bush

      I suspect is has been tried. Try if you like, but the thought was funny to me. I think you are on your own unfortunately.

      • borf

        You spoke too soon, assuming the worst. But according to VDOT (thanks to Alyson for the link above):

        “If drivers hit a pothole and experience damage to their vehicle, they have a legal right to submit a damage claim. Claims are investigated on a case-by-case basis. Investigators review the circumstances, the type and location of the pothole, if VDOT had been previously notified of the issue, and if crews had been given a reasonable amount of time to repair the pothole.”

        • Overgrown Bush

          Indeed. I must be personally jaded at the VDOT process. My case may have been an anomolie, but I found their process frustrating and without merit when considering the circumstances. But, they saw it differently and I fixed my damage. Good luck if you try and I hope you get paid for it.

          • borf

            Wait, so you actually complained, and got compensated? You sounded like you were saying it wasn’t even possible. Such cynicism for someone who actually succeeded.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Sorry, borf. I should have been more clear. I paid, not VDOT.

          • borf

            Ah, I see.

            Never mind.

  • Too Easy

    Pay back for the HOT lanes.

  • LyonSteve

    Wonder how many were low profile 17,18,19″ tires.

    • Overgrown Bush

      I’d suspect a Smart Car or Toyota Echo are much more prone to pothole damage than a Chevy Tahoe. I would guess a 1991 model car would also be likely damaged more easily than a newer model. – I do agree, those low profile tires likely get killed easily in a pothole or on a curb. Rims too.

    • y8s

      what you’re implying is racist. as in race car.

  • KalashniKEV

    Don’t fix it… just put a planter in it’s place.

    It’s the logical thing to do.

  • y8s

    next up: washington blvd eastbound a couple blocks east of Glebe. KATHUNK.

  • LyonSteve

    If this were maintained by Arlington County, the pothole wouldn’t be repaired until spring because “it’s better.”

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