More Potholes Appear This Season Than Usual
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#1 Feb 24, 2014
More potholes duh. BUT it's NOT all mother nature. Poor plowing and road maintenance are to blame as well.
Things like improperly snow plowing can make small cracks and small holes worse. If the plow is pitched wrong or hits a high spot it can rip up road. Around here on streets the plowers including the township and state were flat out speeding when they plowed above the posted speed limit. The state in particular was using over sized trucks ment for open highway on small streets and roads. Thing dinged telephone poles, road signs, knocked over trash cans and sprayed snow 30 well onto residential property along plowing in cars and driveways. If an overweight plow gouges the surface it will dig up a lot more than a small dump truck with a plow. They also plowed too early sometimes with less than an of inch of snow on the ground. They also frequently over salted the roads believe it or not frequently leaving a pile of salt which can take WEEKS to melt in cold weather.
Poor routine maintenance is also a problem including NOT filling in or sealing small cracks and seams from previous dig ups and repairs. Small holes aren't repaired quickly enough year round allowing them to become bigger and creating debris/loose stone which dragged over road surface like sand paper on glass. The utilities are NOT forced to repair sinking manholes and underground conduit runs between manholes. Manhole covers are frequently not raised or lowered to match a new road surface.
Mother nature played a big role but so did poor road maintenance.
#2 Apr 12, 2014
Denver streets like Monaco, Quebec, DTC area streets just to name a very few, are ones that needed re-surfacing YESTERDAY. Yep, its called the failing U.S.infrastructure -- dodging around countless manhole covers, potholes and cracks just go a few miles from home. Maybe light rail would be a smoother ride to commute. At least, you don't go over bumps all the time. But, its a rough road out there and I'm not sure how my shocks are right now.
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