The Pothole Killer

By WEEK Reporter

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM CDT

One thing teen drivers--and everybody else--has to watch out for are potholes.

The City of Chicago has unveiled "the Pothole Killer", and it's stirring up a bit of controversy.

The new machine blasts potholes out of the street, then cleans out the holes, fills them with patching material and seals them in less than a minute.

And it uses less manpower: one or two members versus the old three- or four-man crew.

Chicago leased four of the new machines for about $50,000 a month as part of a pilot program.

But some union leaders say the technology doesn't work.

Similar trucks tested in 2008 failed miserably, damaging nearby cars and businesses with blasted asphalt.

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