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.