St. Louis Has the 8th Worst Potholes in the U.S.

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A giant pothole in Tower Grove East.
It's not your imagination.

This winter's brutal cold and heavy snowfall have eroded the pavement beneath our cars, putting St. Louis at No. 8 on a top-ten list of cities with the worst potholes.

See also: Why Your City Street Continues to Resemble a Swiss Glacier

St. Louis city sent out twenty crews to patch potholes after a particularly strong storm in January, asking drivers to call, e-mail or tweet the locations of the tire-busting holes. On Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Transportation shut down lanes of northbound I-270 at St. Charles Rock Road to repair a giant pothole.

Potholes.info, a website dedicated to pothole news, ranked top U.S. cities in terms of the worst potholes. St. Louis came in at No. 8, and Kansas City, Missouri, came in at No. 4.

Here are the top ten, according to potholes.info:

1. San Jose, California
2. Los Angeles, California
3. The Bay Area of California
4. Kansas City, Missouri
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
6. San Diego, California
7. Sacramento, California
8. St. Louis, Missouri
9. Omaha, Nebraska
10 New York City, New York

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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21 comments
Tyler Garrett
Tyler Garrett

This is not news to me. I could have told you this after having blown out more than one shock absorber in a 2 month period.

Stephanie Tobar
Stephanie Tobar

LA #2?! Sorry not buying this report. I'm from LA and used to drive all over. STL is the worst between the 2!

Rich Brewer
Rich Brewer

I wonder who it is that has to rate the potholes across america and how much they get paid

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Duh. Extreme weather.... Causes extreme potholes. Just physics.

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

Seems crazy to me that Chicago didn't make the list. After living in St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago I can safely say Chicago's are BY FAR the worst.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Legalize pot to raise tax revenue to fix the damn holes!

Heidi J. Greene
Heidi J. Greene

Honestly, I'm from New England. This pole is nuts. If you've ever lived on Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine you know pot holes. Vast crevasses that you lose you car in.

Greg Grooms
Greg Grooms

Let's cut some more government. That should fix the problem.

Ed Chris Bender
Ed Chris Bender

figures. perhaps the STL mayor should take over the streets dept by mayoral control. We get better response/action than we do from streets director (ref snow fiasco).

TyroneJefferson
TyroneJefferson

But STLoo has the 8th best potheads, and definitely the #1 crackheads.

Ya gotsta thinks positive about them statisticals !

AJ Wilkes
AJ Wilkes

Actual Headline: St. Louis has more infrastructure than sustainable. #UrbanSprawl

Tyler Garrett
Tyler Garrett

Yeah, you don't need to remind me of this. The $800 repair estimate from Dean Team Subaru reminds me of it every time I get in the car.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Well, considering that some of those potholes could be thanks to the caves under the streets, its not that surprising.

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