Back in 2017, reporter John Fecile answered a question from Curious Citizen Max Melgarejo about why Chicago uses asphalt to pave roads and whether better options exist.
It’s a good question, because most Chicago drivers are likely familiar with how the city’s climate — and its seasonal freeze-thaw cycles — lead to potholes and other road damage each spring.
What we found was that asphalt is easier to repair than other materials (like concrete), and its flexibility makes it possible for city workers to peel up when they need to access utilities that need repair. So asphalt is likely here to stay. You can read more about it, here.
Plus, this week we also revisit an answer to a question from listener Mara Divis about how drivers can go about getting reimbursed by the city when a pothole causes damage to their tires. Hint: The process takes a while, so get ready to wait.
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