March 10, 2011
With Spring edging ever closer, I'm sure all of us have noticed an abundance of something that wasn't there during this last winter. No, it's not the birds or the green grass; I'm not even talking about plain old sunshine. You see, this new addition to our lives is far from welcomed.
That's right. I'm talking about potholes.
After the snow melts off and the roads finally seem somewhat safer to drive on...thunk, thud, bump. That's right, hiding under all that snow and ice is a whole new problem. And if you're like me, I'm sure you're wondering why they always pop up right after winter.
Simply put - think of the paved roads like a can of pop you put in your freezer. All that liquid that seeps down into the concrete during the winter sits under there and freezes, refreezes and gets snowed on. So like that can in your freezer- soon the cold takes its toll and - crack! - it explodes outwards.
In the case of our roads, this means potholes and lots of them. And as much as I love geology, this freeze thaw action at work on the pavement is something I could honestly do without.
South Independence Branch