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Monday, Mar 25, 2019

* Our sorry state

Some potholes on Interstate 255 in Cahokia are so bad, drivers got flat tires Monday morning.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews are on the scene to make a fix. They’ve closed the far right lane of northbound I-255 just south of Illinois 157.

The road has crumbled away so much, the metal grid is visible in one of the largest potholes, and you can look down into the hole.

IDOT called it a ‘full-depth failure of the roadway.’ The agency said it’s not known how long they’ll need to keep the lane closed to fix the problem.

* The pothole

* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

49 Comments
  1. - City Zen - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    With regards to the quality of roads in Illinois, we set the rebar low.


  2. - JS Mill - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:45 pm:

    That IS NOT what we mean when we say we want Illinois to be transparent.


  3. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    Nothing that a bit of duct tape can’t fix.


  4. - AlfondoGonz - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:49 pm:

    “Potholes: More prisonlike than CPS Schools? My Column” by Bruce Rauner


  5. - GOP - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:49 pm:

    Maybe people should listen to Local 150!!


  6. - OurMagician - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:50 pm:

    “Pot to fix all the pots!”


  7. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:52 pm:

    Rauner Ruts


  8. - intern - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:52 pm:

    Legislators are looking into raiding various state funds to refill the transportation fund which has been depleted after being raided to fill various state funds.


  9. - A Jack - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:53 pm:

    “Illinois seeks new revenue by turning roadways into golf courses.”


  10. - Moody's Blues - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:53 pm:

    Reasoning that a picture is worth a thousand-page condemnation, Moody’s Investors Service on Monday transitioned from written to photographic portrayals of state and local government finances in Illinois.
    The second image depicts pension funding.


  11. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:53 pm:

    The trade unions are smelling bacon frying in the pan.


  12. - XonXoff - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:54 pm:

    Park a squad at the far end and post a sign “You should have moved over.”


  13. - Iggy - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:54 pm:

    build a wall around them pot holes


  14. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    The Teamsters are getting antsy, as the tomb of Jimmy Hoffa is excavated.


  15. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:57 pm:

    So where does the state go from here? A gas tax is a declining revenue when it comes to year to year usage. Especially considering the entire reduction of fossil fuel and carbon footprint, according to the Clean Jobs Now Act, that is looking to be achieved in Illinois by 2030.

    The Dems want to remove Donald Trump and put heavy restrictions on drilling capabilities. So most of our gas consumption going forward will be through oil imports.

    Electric cars and fuel efficient vehicles will reduce the amount of revenue brought in on a yearly basis.

    The state is going to bank a capitol bill on a declining revenue stream. Any other ideas?


  16. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 3:59 pm:

    This is what excess weight and salt does to your body.


  17. - In 630 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:00 pm:

    The present and future of American infrastructure


  18. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:00 pm:

    Harbinger of spring, the annual sprouting of orange cones and barrels.


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    That appears to be a bridge failure. If you look closely, you can see the prestressing tendons.


  20. - Al - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    The result of not having a Budget in Fiscal years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and paying out a Billion Dollars in Late Fees and Interest.


  21. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:06 pm:

    I see Rauner’s political career at the bottom.


  22. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    No rush on that capital bill…


  23. - A Jack - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:11 pm:

    On the bright side, the Illinois tire and car shock industries are booming.


  24. - PublicServant - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:12 pm:

    Transparency and Stability in Illinois


  25. - Annonin' - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:12 pm:

    sort looks like I55 south of SPI last winter


  26. - Bogey Golfer - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:13 pm:

    @ Anonymous - 4:01 - given the rebar spacing of the grid, it’s a bridge deck, and not pavement.


  27. - OneMan - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:16 pm:

    Just think of it as a more cost-effective way of doing bridge decking as they use on the drawbridges on the Chicago River. It’s a grid, just with wider spacing.


  28. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    Illinois has over 28,000 bridges, and 40% are 50 years old.


  29. - Nick Name - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    Huge metaphor for Illinois state government opens on of northbound I-255.


  30. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:22 pm:

    Making America “grate” again.


  31. - Kayak - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:25 pm:

    It’s not possible to spell “New Capital Funding Bills” without C-A-N-N-A-B-I-S.


  32. - Tommydanger - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:34 pm:

    Pot(holes)should be illegal.


  33. - Olivia Pope - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:35 pm:

    @Kayak… oh, capital bill funding is spelled S.B. 103, amendment #1.


  34. - cover - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:38 pm:

    I saw a link to this story on the side feed earlier: taxpayersunitedofamerica.org/where-is-the-money-going/

    Compare that to this story, and it’s no wonder some of these outside groups have no credibility.


  35. - Christopher - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:40 pm:

    Come to Illinois, where our income taxes are flat and so are your tires


  36. - Christopher - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:42 pm:

    Come to Illinois, where our legislators love to spend money, but not on the things that they should


  37. - Cornerfield - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 4:53 pm:

    In England they drive on the left. In Illinois we drive on whats left.


  38. - Ares - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:07 pm:

    The metal grid is rebar. As a former IDOT engineer, I would be way more worried of the dark hole underneath the pavement.


  39. - Mama - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:09 pm:

    IL is going to pot…. holes that is…


  40. - Anon221 - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:21 pm:

    Highway To … well, you know;)


  41. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 5:57 pm:

    cover -
    Jim Tobin? As in the Jim Tobin who says Lincoln fought the Civil War to keep Southern tax dollars?


  42. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 6:03 pm:

    Not sure the pictures are of a bridge deck. Bridge deck has 2 layers of rebar spaced similar to what is shown. Don’t see bottom layer of rebar in photo. It could be an approach pavement to a bridge.

    I can’t think of a place where IDOT has ever built a road with pre or post tension strands. It isn’t a pavement design that IDOT has used in the past 30 years. A few years ago, I read about post tensioning being used with precast pavement panels.


  43. - dbk - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 6:36 pm:

    “We need a capital bill.”
    Hmm. Where have I heard that before?


  44. - SSL - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 6:46 pm:

    “You didn’t build that, and neither did we”


  45. - Keyrock - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 8:21 pm:

    And as things fell apart
    Nobody paid much attention
    You got it, you got it . . . .
    Don’t leave me stranded here
    I can’t get used to this lifestyle.


  46. - Al - Monday, Mar 25, 19 @ 8:58 pm:

    The Governor has never been happier.
    - First Lady Rauner


  47. - truthteller - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 7:12 am:

    I wonder who the DOT contractor was and the DOT inspectors, this takes special kind of incompetence to happen between lack of base compaction to improper concrete mix


  48. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:08 am:

    Illinois - First in kicked cans


  49. - efudd - Tuesday, Mar 26, 19 @ 8:54 am:

    And once again, a democrat must fix the mess left by a republican.


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