Late last year, a national transportation research group stated that Los Angeles had the worst roads in the nation.
A drive through Hollywood or Mid-City will confirm the fact as tire-destroying, rim-bending potholes abound. But over the weekend, road conditions sunk to a new low as a monster pothole on the 101 freeway caused at least 20 flat tires.
The pothole on the southbound Hollywood Freeway near East First Street downtown was reported at 11:55 p.m. Saturday. The California Highway Patrol declared a SigAlert at 12:36 a.m., shutting down southbound lanes for 5 hours before it was patched Sunday.
CHP Officer Krystal Carter described the hazard as being 4 feet in diameter and 6 inches deep.
"It's a large pothole which has now caused at least 20 vehicles to get flat tires, so we shut down the highway for repairs," said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.
All lanes have since reopened.