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‘Full-depth failure’ of roadway fuels infrastructure concerns

ScreenShot20190325at3.37.05PMA massive pothole appeared on Interstate 255 near Cahokia on March 25, ruining several Metro East drivers’ morning commutes.

The pothole, which was large and deep enough to show the metal grid beneath the road’s surface, caused Illinois Department of Transportation officials to close a lane of the highway while they addressed the issue.

At least six drivers ran over the pothole, causing their tires to blow.

IDOT officials called the damage a “full-depth failure of the roadway.”

Transportation experts say that although weather contributed to the creation of the pothole, old age was also a factor. They said maintenance on the interstate is long overdue and that state and local lawmakers need to find funding to repair the road before more drivers are affected.

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