We chose to launch this column because potholes have been the number one topic in Slovakia since February. If people are angry, it’s because the snow is starting to melt and they are starting to take stock of the damage. When temperatures drop, materials become more fragile and paved roads are further harmed with each passing car. Our readers began to send us pictures and footage of the damage. This gave us the idea for our column, in which we speak jokingly about this exasperating situation and try to get the attention of the officials who could help us.
It’s been quite a success, we’ve been receiving funny pictures as well as more glamorous ones, like those of Zuzana (see above), a young woman who looks like a top model and sent us shots of her posing next to her pothole, and then trying to fill it with gravel.
Potholes rarely cause real accidents, but cars inevitably end up with flat tires, lost hubcaps and damaged wheels. It can’t always be seen immediately, but our cars take a big hit.
Lucia, 26, near the city of Zvolen in the centre of Slovakia. Photo sent to Vas.Cas.sk.
The real problem is that we cannot figure out who is responsible for each road: municipalities, regions, or state-owned companies?
We learned recently that repairs had started on particularly problematic roads [Editor’s note: In some of the eastern areas, due to resource constraints, local authorities chose to put up signs to warn of potholes rather than repair them].