Carl Monismith

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Carl Monismith is Robert Horonjeff Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley 94720 (clm@euler.berkeley.edu).

Requiem for Potholes

Carl Monismith

On the surface, pavement must seem beneath consideration. No reason to think about it—you just drive on it, park on it, watch out of the corner of your eye to make sure your car is following the lines painted on it. Until, that is, until you hit a pothole. Then you’re suddenly aware of the pavement, or at least of its flaws. You may swerve, you may curse, you may write a letter to the mayor—a pothole can have that kind of power.

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