Pennsylvania roads, traffic issues co...

Pennsylvania roads, traffic issues costing drivers time and money

There are 1 comment on the WHP-TV Harrisburg story from Jun 21, 2013, titled Pennsylvania roads, traffic issues costing drivers time and money. In it, WHP-TV Harrisburg reports that:

If you drive, then you know Pennsylvania roads not only need to be fixed but they need to be expanded.

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politicalshowfor dollars

Pottstown, PA

#1 Jun 21, 2013
Pennsylvania roads have been costing drivers money and time for DECADES. Onething besides lousy roads is that Pennsylvania is known for is exit signs at the exit. They've alway been poor as far as marking the exits or miles to destination.

Pennsylvania road crews fail to properly fix a pot hole frequently only filling it with asphalt and not repairing the bottom bed with rock or stone which shortens the life of the repair/new asphalt.

But the POOR condition of Pennsylvania roads comes from the lack of actual repairs and maintenance. Resurfacing or re-doing a road every couple years is NOT maintaining a road because until that road gets resurfaced you are screwed as a driver. More damage occurs as well. I don't even know if Pennsylvania road crews and engineers even know how to REPAIR a road. Pennsylvania also wastes time and money by re-doing roads that don't need it. There are stretches of road that only need a couple hundred meters of repairs and yet they'll resurface miles of road so the local politician can impress their voters.

Pennsylvania fails to do preventative maintenance on roads like the simple putting tar and/or sealer of cracked stretches of road. Those minor cracks become big cracks from traffic and water seeping in and getting underneath weakening the road foundation causing more cracking and sinkholes. Freeze thaw cycles speed this process up(this is why speedier repair are essential) When the unrepaired roads crack and disintigrate even more debris such as loose stone from asphalt & concrete are dragged over more roads acting as a coarse sand paper chewing those roads up.

Pennsylvania also fails to go after the utilities with underground conduit runs and manholes that start collapsing and causing sinkholes and disintegration of the surrounding roads. They also fail to make sure the utilities have their covers at street level causing more stress on the roads when people drive over them.

Pennsylvania also fails to do anything with heaving roads which basically put bumps in the road limiting speed and/or damaging vehicles. All they have to do is take out and slit the road and fill in with tar to act as an expansion joint.

The big problem with Pennsylvania roads is that they fail to do the small repairs or do them correctly which inturn damages the roads even more.

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