Saturday, August 19, 2006

Inconsiderate Highway Maintenance

I happened to be driving on 169 this morning (Saturday) rather early, taking someone to the airport.

I was tooling on down the road, headed North, when a series of three highway maintenance trucks appeared ahead with a flashing sign indicating traffic to move to the left hand lanes. As I got closer, I could first hear and then see the results of what they were doing.

They were filling potholes with asphalt. Now, that's there job, for sure. But they were just throwing shovels full of asphalt on and around the holes from the far right had side, dodging traffic. As I drove by, one of them, with a smile on his face and a cigarette dangling from his lips, threw another load at a hole. It seemed to be a game for them to miss the cars but hit the holes. There was a half mile stretch of their handiwork. Nothing was done to tamp or flatten the asphalt. They were depending on the traffic to do that. Loose asphalt was everywhere. You could not avoid it.

Talk about a mess! How shoddy and inconsiderate of those maintenance workers. Now there are hundreds of cars and trucks covered with tar and asphalt. All because of the thoughtlessness of a few highway workers.

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