Archive: The City’s Pothole Army (2008)

The winter of 2007-08 was brutal on Utah’s roadways. The weather kept freezing and thawing, allowing water to seep into cracks in the asphalt. The water would freeze overnight, expand the cracks, and the cycle continued.

As I drove to the story meeting at the newsroom, my old Subaru’s right front wheel plunged into a pothole and made a terrible sound. And my pitch was born.

In this story, I reach out to Scott Peppler with Provo City Public Works. He takes me into the yard and shows me their wintertime battlefield equipment (e.g., snowplows).