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Pothole Information
Why Are They Called Potholes?
Pottery makers in 15th and 16th century England would take advantage of the ruts that wagon and coach wheels gouged into roads.  Anxious for a cheap source of raw materials for making clay pots, the potters would dig into the deep ruts to reach deposits underneath.  Teamsters driving wagons and coaches over those roads knew who and what caused these holes  and referred to them as "potholes".

What Causes A Pothole?
Potholes are created when the top layer of pavement and the material beneath - called the base or sub-base- cannot support the weight of the traffic.  Two factors are always present in such a failure:  TRAFFIC and WATER.

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