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Suspension of disbelief: We watch a pothole actually being filled in downtown Los Angeles




A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
Sharon McNary/KPCC
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
Los Angeles city worker Hugo Vasquez reviews a pothole that needs filling at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. downtown.
Sharon McNary/KPCC
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
Los Angeles city worker Hugo Vasquez shovels asphalt into a pothole.
Sharon McNary/KPCC
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
A city worker rakes hot asphalt to smooth it over a pothole.
Sharon McNary/KPCC
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
Loose asphalt is raked across a pothole
Sharon McNary
A pothole in the intersection at 8th Street and Bixel Ave. threatens drivers wheels as they cross to get onto the 110 Freeway.
City worker Hugo Vasquez uses a Wacker (yes, that's its brand name) to compact hot asphalt into a pothole.
Sharon McNary/KPCC


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How bad are L.A.'s roads? Pretty bad. A new report says potholes and other hazards add more than $1,000 to the annual expense of operating the average vehicle.

KPCC infrastructure reporter Sharon McNary recently went out to see potholes being filled at 8th and Bixel at an entrance to the 110 downtown.

The road crew made quick work of it, and she met a homeless man named Anthony - and his cat Thanksgiving - who sees hundreds of suspension meeting their demise every day.

(Panhandler Anthony works the 8th and Bixel entrance to the 110 in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Sharon McNary)

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