Kim Polomka has watched wreck after wreck from the living room of his home on East Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs. He has photographed them and tried to convince the city to installed “traffic calming devices” to slow traffic and make the street safer.
Now he is asking for something most would declare outrageous. He wants potholes on Platte. Or at least the illusion of potholes.
Polomka discovered a decal that can be laid in the street to simulate the look of a pothole. He says it would slow motorists and put an end the slam zone. Here is a look at what he’s proposing in photos from the Internet:
They are an amazing optical illusion. Check this out:
These decals were invented by Brad Groff, an attorney in Georgia. He also created an optical speed hump as an alterative to the pothole. The photos of the decals show them being used to advertise a suspension system for automobiles. (Absorbs shocks so well you never feel the potholes).
Here is a link to his patent application.
City traffic engineers are not impressed. They believe motorists speeding up Platte to get to Burger King before it closes would freak at the sight of the Grand Canyon in front of them, swerve into oncoming traffic and clobber somebody.
Anyway, it seems to be a creative way to deal with the problem. Put a couple potholes down for a few days and move them around. OK. Maybe it isn’t such a good idea.