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Dear Colorado, the vote in 2014 was to legalize pot, not potholes. It seems every time Coloradans drive around Denver they are seen swerving to avoid these holes in the pavement.

The drive to Auraria Campus, in Downtown Denver, and surrounding streets do have some solid construction, but the flaws other streets have caused quite the burden on Colorado drivers.

It is unfortunate that our tires must be subjected to this poor quality terrain. Cars driving south on 1st Avenue after the Safeway are seen veering off to the edge of their lane so to avoid driving over the unexpected opening on the pavement.

Potholes in Colorado are the worst kind of Colorado pot. photo: Korina Rojo • CU Denver Sentry

Potholes in Colorado are the worst kind of Colorado pot.
photo: Korina Rojo • CU Denver Sentry

Anyone buying new tires needs be sure to buy an extra warranty against damage for things such as nails. Those pesky nails seem to hang out in hollow pavements, seemingly placed on purpose.

On tight streets, it is impossible to drive on the far left or far right of your vehicle lane during rush hour. This is evident from a pothole that is forming on South Broadway and 1st Avenue. It measures around 10 inches in length and five inches in width. The pothole is located on the second lane to left of South Broadway, headed south on this one-way boulevard.

In front of campus, cars that drive fast on Stout and Speer Boulevard headed South seem to jump up on the street due to the boulder-shaped blobs of pavement covering the inner tracks of the lightrail line.

Driving in Colorado is reminiscent of driving through a course video game, where you need to twist and turn your wheel to avoid hitting the orange cones.

On Fillmore and 1st Avenue, a fairly new brick design is already cracking, creating a hollow section.

Another street that has a flaw is located about 200 feet from the 8th and Broadway Boulevard intersection, headed west. It’s not a pothole, but a manhole. This manhole seems to have been covered in the exterior with tar causing it to appear sunken. Even when driving below the speed limit at around 15-20 miles per hour, the sound a car makes when driving over it is highly unpleasant.

Drivers are able to report the presence of street damage by calling 311. This number is used for reporting “street and sidewalk problems” as the website to the City and County of Denver states. According to, maintenance crews are on the streets of Denver looking for holes to patch up on a daily basis.

“Just say no” to potholes.

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