Museum of Science and Industry


Chicago drivers are all too familiar with the gut-wrenching sound of hitting a pothole while traveling 45 mph down Lake Shore Drive. Part of the problem in city pothole repair is the necessity to close down or narrow major commuting arteries for hours at a time while they are filled. That is, until the Python 5000 comes along.

The Python is a pothole-filling maestro that allows one person to perform the half-hour patch work of an entire road crew in two minutes flat. With this machine in operation it is easy to imagine a bright future where a morning call to 311 results in a patched hole by the evening commute. However, we will have to wait, as it is currently being trialed in New York City. If everything goes well there, expect to see the Python 5000 dutifully eliminating car-eating potholes within the near future.

Have any of you ever had a major car repair after hitting a pothole?

Image: Python

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