Roads are Terrible!!! And getting worse!!

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by the phantom, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. the phantom

    the phantom Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    With the lowest temperatures in several years I have noticed the potholes and heaving from the frost of the roads is just terrible this year.. Digging holes in roads for my work I can tell you the frost(where its been plowed and not snow insulated)is at least 26 inches deep. It actually goes a bit deeper as things start to thaw.. Ive noticed the centerline of my local expressway has got several crevices and some large potholes that if your passing throws the vehicle around. Not good when the roads are a bit snowy..(Yeah I pass on snowy roads:lol:) How is the town,state, country going to afford all of this damage??? They put temporary cold patch which is very expensive to tempararily fill the hole then have to decide whether the street warrants a new surface when the weather permits.. There are not too many streets this year that look good after this winter IMO.
  2. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    Roads are terrible here too in cortez, co. Sad because they usually do a good job with maintenance and upkeep, but they really dropped the ball these last few years.
  3. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    Our roads and highways haven't started to thaw yet, I would guess our frost is down double your depth [MENTION=54154]the phantom[/MENTION]; but, our city streets are starting to break up badly. We always have surface break ups, but I think this year will be worse than a lot of the previous winters.

    Or city crew has a machine that uses the waste from streets that had their surfaces shaved during the previous summer. This machine heats the waste (and they may add some tar, I don't know) and they have an acceptable "hot patch". It will outlast the "cold patch" by many weeks.
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    It's going to be a bad summer for roads all over the country.

    To make matters worse most states get funds for road repair from gasoline tax by the gallon. Well, all vehicles get about 50% better mpg than they did 20 years ago. So more miles on the same gas tax revenue means more repairs for less money.
  5. Scott_Anderson

    Scott_Anderson Rockstar 100 Posts

    Down here they take that milled/ground asphalt and deliver it right back to the plant to recycle into the new layer being put down.
    We do also have a 'hot' patch mix(some call it a chip seal) that they can put down that will last longer than the 'cold' mix, provided the hole is big enough.....
  6. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    Most of ours goes back to the plant as well, they keep a small amount for winter patches.
  7. summitwhite11

    summitwhite11 Active Member 2 Years 500 Posts

    AT 3.45 a gallon, up from 3.09 two weeks ago, they seem to be saving for road repair already in oklahoma, not that they will do much beyond drop another cold patch here and there, I went to the comedy club in bricktown a few years back, one comedian said when he was on his way to the hotel from the airport, he knew he was in a golfing state, as there were 18 holes to every mile of road.
  8. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I bent the front bumper on my Hino on Thur morn in Pa on a Pot hole so YES they are BAD!!!
  9. j cat

    j cat Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    during an escape to the warmer parts of the US where it never gets cold on my travels south , the worst road from here to southern Florida is the 87/287 hyway around NYC... very bad pot holes and heavy traffic,,,.massachusetts/new jersy TPK/Connecticut good.. Maryland did have some bad road....

    south of maryland no road problems except lots of falling trees in south carolina for many miles falling on rt 95...
  10. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    roflmao! Sounds like Oklahoma alright! Love that joke! I'll be in Oklahoma March 9-15 so at least I know not much has changed

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