The 5 Weirdest Ways Americans Have Responded to Potholes

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Like any Minnesota asphalt and concrete repair company can tell you, the long winter freeze inevitably leads to potholes blossoming all over town come springtime. And for as long as there have been roads, there have been potholes testing drivers’ patience (and tires). No doubt horse-drawn carriage drivers complained about potholes in their time, and who knows how many covered-wagons broke an axle after driving over one.

If there’s anything more annoying than a pothole, it’s a pothole that never gets fixed. That’s especially frustrating since asphalt is relatively easy to fix. There’s a reason 94% of America’s 2.4 million miles of paved roads are covered with asphalt — 18 billion tons of it! In fact, every year, more than 3,500 asphalt plants make 350 million tons of the paving material, which ends up everywhere except in that pothole along your daily commute.

And some fed-up Americans have taken matters into their own hands, finding creative ways to deal with their pothole problems. However, unless you’re planning asphalt driveway repair on your own property, we don’t recommend trying these at home.

The Pothole Gardner
Across North America and Europe, green-thumbed protesters are calling attention to their town’s pothole problems with an amazing trick — planting flowers in them. This summer, Michigan artist Paige Breithart traveled around her hometown of Hamtramck planting flowers in long-standing potholes, earning some viral fame in the process.

Art Project
Some street artists have used potholes as the centerpiece of graffiti art. Although many consider this to be vandalism, it certainly draws attention to the problem.

Social Media
Okay, this one you can try at home. Many residents are leveraging the power of social media to get their cities to finally fix potholes. By calling out city officials online, some residents have sped up the repair process considerably.

Photo Opportunities
There are tons of ways to incorporate potholes into clever social media photo opps, like casting a fishing line into a water-filled hole.

Michigan must have a particularly serious pothole problem. Also this summer, Detroit residents were so tired of waiting for repairs that they bought some asphalt mix and began filling the holes themselves.

Just remember, unless you’re planning an asphalt driveway repair project on your own property, don’t try these at home. Although asphalt driveways and roads are easier to repair than concrete, that doesn’t mean you should take it upon yourself to repair potholes on public roads, no matter how annoying they are.