Our own nomination for worst pothole
It might not be the widest or deepest or most damaging pothole in Maryland but it surely in the running on all those counts -- as well as being strategically places on one of the main routes into Baltimore.
I'm talking about the lunar crater in the pavement just past the "end state maintenance" sign as Interstate 395 turns into Howard Street. In general the road is pitted and cracked between the sign and Conway Street but this particular pothole is one you'd better slow down for or you could be looking at a hefty repair bill. It's just to the west side of the Federal Reserve building.
There really is a dramatic contrast between the condition of the concrete pavement of I-395, which is maintained by the Maryland Transportation Authority, and the asphalt maintained by the city Department of Transportation. The authority's pavement looks pretty good -- with the exception of one growing crater in the right lane of the uphill slope of the ramp ascending to I-395. But the city's part of that road is in disgraceful shape -- with a big crack dividing the lanes instead of paint.
Hey, folks, I know this stretch of road doesn't get the 311 calls because it's not a residential area. But this is the southern gateway to the city and it's no way to make a first impression. Or is this the Rawlings-Blake administration's way of sending a message about the drastic cuts in state highway funds in recent years?