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Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008    
Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 07:02 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: cgrotke

OtherWinter isn't over and mud season hasn't quite started, but each year at about this time, potholes bring joy/panic to drivers as they swerve and swing to avoid the challenges before them.

The first official potholes in Brattleboro began shortly after the first paving in town and continue to this day. They are caused by wear and tear (fatigue) of the pavement, but we see the extra effects caused by freezing water that expands and does additional damage. As vehicles drive over these, they knock more pieces loose. Water can also wash away even more and we end up with our obstacle courses of pitted pavement.

Which brings us to the matter at hand: Please nominate and campaign for your nominee for Pothole of the Year. List the location, and any special memories you have for the missing chunks of roadway. No wagering, please.

 

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    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: babalu on Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 08:42 PM GMT+4
    Please allow a family of potholes rather than just a single one - the Park place portion of the one way from Putney Road to Linden looks (and feels) like a war zone in terms of the pavement!

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    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: Biz Dana on Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 08:59 PM GMT+4

    My vote is for Park Place, too!
    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: annikee on Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 11:57 PM GMT+4
    Park Place is Pothole Row! Two of them actually hurt to go over!

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    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: sugarhouse on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 03:03 PM GMT+4
    Ditto. Downright scary to drive through their around 5:00 pm
    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: Joann on Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 09:05 PM GMT+4
    While Park Place is worthy of note, I would nominate the little bridge at the end of Elliot Street as you turn to go up to Birge Street. I think the town should be encouraged to really do a repair job that will last longer than the ones they have been doing. It would probably cost a lot more, but I think it would be worth it. I'm thinking of putting in my will a donation for making the roads better year round!
    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: cgrotke on Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 09:29 PM GMT+4
    The bridge is a doozy, and may top my list. It offers little room for error,
    especially if traffic is going both ways.
    This one, this one
    Authored by: Belfast on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 12:46 AM GMT+4
    Most vexing indeed.

    I'll second/third (or whichever nomination iteration)-the narrow & short
    (but treacherously cratered, it's like being on the moon !) bridge over
    Whetstone Brook, at intersection of several streets: Estey, Frost, Union,
    and Williams-next to Falvey Pools.

    The ratio/proportion of canyon/pit compared to asphalt/pavement surface
    with which one's tires come in contact is probably frightening. I imagine
    the road will soon be "all pothole"-yet each has differing depth & width, so
    even that won't be level/uniform/smooth.

    Swear I just saw potholes being filled in there a week ago-I remarked "oh,
    thank goodness something's finally being done, it's about time-this is
    outrageous." (in reference to ghastly road condition). Then, yesterday, I'm
    going back across it and the whole area looks like nothing was even done-
    all that work was for naught/not.

    Since I live in what I call "South B.", I encounter the aforementioned
    quagmire more frequently than the Park Place one, so that's my
    geographical bias. Don't care which site "wins" this imaginary game of
    which trumps which for despised notoriety-so long as we don't have to
    choose between properly repairing only one or the other locations.

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    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: Wendy M. Levy on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 02:39 AM GMT+4
    Whereas Park Place is a real minefield - where the mines have already exploded, I guess - I'm gonna have to vote for the Estey St bridge, too, for the same reason: no margin for error.

    Heck, even when there's NO ice or potholes it's a little scary going either way when someone is going in the opposite direction. Yikes.

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    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: spinoza on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 12:39 AM GMT+4
    The Scylla and Charybdis of road decay is on Flat street, where a blossom of ice embankment skirts a series of precarious depredations each more crater-like and lunar than the next. I saw a front-end deranging chasm on Maple street, up from the hospital, the depth of that sink hole -based on my drive-by glance- seemed capable of hiding a Great Dane, standing up, on it's hind legs. But by far the worst pothole, if that designation even applies here -is my driveway. An underground torrent of mountain runoff has blazed a strip of ice floss along the dirt roadbed that gnashes the rubber from my tires like the teeth of a fifty foot chainsaw chomping a garland of apples.

    I think someone should have a word with Punxsutawney Phil, if you know what I mean.
    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: Chef on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 06:35 AM GMT+4
    I have a few potholes in mind that could be worthy contenders. But, I
    know I saw exposed rebar inside one of the may potholes on the Elliott
    Street bridge. So, the bridge has my support as the worst pothole in
    Brattleboro for 2008.
    Brattleboro Pothole of the Year Awards 2008
    Authored by: H on Friday, February 22 2008 @ 05:46 PM GMT+4
    It is the annual episode of "Last Car Running" out there. I have heard that NAPA auto parts has sent a team to test their new shock absorber on the Park Place proving ground. Hope it stands up to the test!