Pothole to the Center of The Earth

I wonder if there is a rating scale for potholes similar to the F-Scale for tornadoes or the Richter Scale for earthquakes. If there isn’t one, I’d like to propose a Kansas City Pothole Scale to commemorate this City’s contribution to the subject of road damage. I’ll leave it to the scientists to decide if potholes should be rated based on their size or on a potential vehicle damage from a minor bump (K-1) to a complete disappearance of the vehicle as described in the Bible “and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up” (definitely a K-10).

Every day I have to maneuver around this crater of a pothole on my way to work, wondering if one wrong turn will send me on my way to the center of the Earth, or at least a little closer to it.

As you can see, there are visible remains of the previous handiwork done by the highly trained professionals working for the City.

It’s hard to tell but the tape measure in the photo is extended to almost three feet to give you some dimension perspective.

It’s not just a hole in the ground. There seems to be a cave underneath it. Maybe it’s an old mine, or an unknown entrance to the abandoned underground tunnel, or an end of the secret escape route leading to the Mayor’s office.

I didn’t feel like spelunking my way down there on a gray Saturday morning.

Few days ago someone placed an orange warning sign around this pothole but it swallowed the City property overnight. You can see the remains of the sign deep down in the abyss.

During my annual griping about the KCMO Earnings Tax,┬ásomeone never fails to point out that it’s only fair that I pay my fair share for the roads and wonderful amenities I am using while I am in Kansas City. Stupidity of this argument aside, I think I paid enough during my 10 years of employment to fill this hole with cash.

This article explains that you may have a small chance of the City compensating you for the damage to your vehicle caused by a pothole; coverage may be provided by the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund. Obviously I am not qualified to provide any advice, do your own research.

In the meantime, please exercise caution on this intersection of the 6th and Cherry, you’ll find the giant pothole next to the property tax-free building.


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One wrong move and you may accidentally discover the next steamboat Arabia.

Mr.Gorbachev Mayor Funkhouser! Tear down this wall! Fill up this hole!

  • That’s unbelievable. I know, everybody complains about road conditions. But that is truly dangerous.

  • That’s not a pothole that’s a vortex…. see Quantum Mechanics…..

  • I am just afraid it erupts and stops flights to the downtown airport. I may have to work from home so it may not be all bad.

  • Melinda

    Oh, man, just when I was getting all nostalgic, you had to post this! I gotta admit, nowhere else I’ve lived has come close to the craters MO in general showcases on a daily basis.

  • What?
    You call that a pot hole? You shoulda seen it before the city fixed it…

    (ps – ain’t visiting Russia gain until you get that annoying Twitter @anywhere pop-up banned, neutered of used to fill in pot-holes. Talk about annoying.)

  • Actually I know what it looked like, this is my eleventh year of working in that corner. There was a water main break there few years ago.
    Not sure about Twitter pop-up, is it on my site beacause I don’t see it,tried three different browsers.

  • yeah…something to do with your site: I don’t get it anywhere elae..

    and i visit some dives.

  • SKC Observer

    I bet that the street is unsupported around that hole. One day some poor unsuspecting driver will be going along and floop! down he goes…

  • I know – there is no dirt under the pavement.Whoever falls in this thing will get on CNN.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    Next Steamboat Arabia…lol…you get a prize for that line.