Talking Transportation: Filling the pothole story

It’s the best time of year if you love baseball, but the worst time of year if you own or drive a car. Yes, major league baseball players are enjoying sunshine and spring weather as they prepare for a new season. The rest of us are struggling through a different change of seasons – from winter to pothole season – that leaves roadways bumpy, and in some cases dangerous.

State transportation departments have used a variety of tools to engage the public on the topic of potholes. Some have been fun, others serious. In Washington, DC and other states the annual spring push asks the public to help officials locate potholes.

In recognition of the annual pothole season, here are several pothole videos of various types created by transportation agencies and others. Like potholes, these videos come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you have a pothole video you want to share, please post the link the comments section below.

Virginia Department of Transportation: In this video, VDOT’s Phil Itkwik (say that name out loud and you’ll get it) talks about potholes. The video is posted on a VDOT web site designed to help the public understand and report potholes.

Missouri Department of Transportation: MoDOT runs an annual pothole patrol and this video provides a good overview of that state’s program.

Minnesota Department of Transportation: The MnDOT Research folks created this video, which takes a practical, informational approach to the pothole story.

Meanwhile, this Minnesota Public Radio reporter actually joined a pothole crew to tell the story at the road level.

Michigan Department of Transportation: Michigan is another state where potholes are a big story. Here’s an official Michigan DOT video on potholes.

Somehow, I still love this tongue-in-cheek classic from a Michigan special interest group.

 

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About Lloyd Brown

I am the director of communications for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. I enjoy running marathons and triathlons, playing guitar and spending time with family. My professional interest is in how social media and new technology shapes the communication relationship between government and the general public. I have a Master’s degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University.
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4 Responses to Talking Transportation: Filling the pothole story

  1. Lloyd Brown says:

    This link was passed along to me, http://www.arlnow.com/2014/02/19/new-contender-for-biggest-pothole-in-arlington/. Apparently in Virginia, locals hold competitions to identify the largest pothole in the region.

  2. SIR, in India particularly in MUMBAI metropolitan city, if such competitions are organised to identify the largest pothole in the city , the complexion of the city highways will improve like anything.

  3. SIR, in India particularly in MUMBAI metropolitan city, if such competitions are organised to identify the largest pothole in the city , the complexion of the city highways will improve like anything.

  4. Joe Martin says:

    I found these photographs to be interesting. To draw attention to pot holes, this photographer turned potholes into street art: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/03/01/two-photographers-re-imagine-city-potholes/1

    The City of Seattle also has a great app aimed at fixing pot holes, in addition to other hazards. It’s called “Find It, Fix It”: https://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau/find-it-fix-it-mobile-app

    Great post, Lloyd!

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