OH, THE IRONY
Saw that coming....
There's been so much traffic that the metal plate has shifted to the point where it is no longer covering the pothole.
Some cars end up hitting both the metal plate *and* getting a tire stuck in the pothole.
Some cars make a severe swerve around both.
At least it's at a jaunty angle...
Upon closer examination, it seems the pothole is indeed the tip of the iceberg, with a sinkhole below - as Dreyfus predicted.
You can see that it's already receding further, and will soon become a massive hole, capable of swallowing whole Halloween Trick-or Treaters.
In the meantime, it's a convenient place to store leaves.