All over the City of Chicago (and I assume other cities as well) these layers of asphalt have been popping up on almost every street.
Naturally I understand the theory of why it is being done, but I just can't help having a problem with them for a variety of reasons.
First, and perhaps most importantly, it has been proven by several studies that they reduce your gas mileage by over 20% from the increased stop and go, not to mention the additional strain on the brakes and other components.
But additionally, since they are all done manually, they often vary in height and no matter how slow you approach them, they scratch the front and bottom of your car.
I can't imagine what the cost of this program must be, as you can see in these images, the street behind our office received four humps, and it's not very long. If you add the stop sign at the end of the street, you have to come to a complete stop 5 times in one short block.
Seems like a waste to me.
In the meantime, the city is littered with huge (and dangerous) potholes that are simply ignored for months. An example is the one shown (below).
This thing is becoming a cave. Instead of fixing it, the city just comes by and places a cone in front of it. The cone sank in the hole so they added another one, then a third.
This pothole is on the corner of Wabansia and Wood in Chicago, and I have personally witnessed countless vehicles sink into it, ripping their front facia off, damaging their wheel and possibly the suspension.
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