Giant pothole

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The Daily News ran a story on potholes in today's paper. Mostly, the story focused on the costs born by commuters (in the form of broken or misaligned wheels, gashed tires, damaged rims) and Operation Pothole.

Apparently, Angelenos spend an average of $746 - the highest of all U.S. metropolitan areas - to fix damage stemming from bad roads, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and a national organization known as TRIP.

Interestingly, the story does not mention the costs borne by society due to bad road infrastructure. The most obvious to many BAGC readers will be the dangers presented to cyclists and pedestrians.

But another is loss of road capacity: How many times have you seen motorists switch lanes to avoid a major pothole?