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Blazing Zippers

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Posted: 05/20/21 07:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After traveling from North Idaho to Florida towing our trailer---I have to say the Interstate highway system is horrible! Dwight Eisenhower would be ashamed of the way our states and federal governments have allowed the roads to deteriorate.
Possibly our politicians could pay more attention to the needs of our country then their private addenda's.
O.K. I'm done with my rant. Now I'm heading out to put the cabinet contents back.
See ya out there----

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Posted: 05/20/21 07:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree 100% something needs to be done.

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The federal infrastructure plan from 2017 to 2021 never materialized. Things will get better soon.

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It really depends on the state government altho they all get money from the Feds for Interstate upkeep and repair. Driving west in March from FL to AZ on I10 you certainly knew when you entered a new state. FL, AL and MS I thought were fairly good to good. LA of course ran from bad to almost drivable. Texas is really variable ranging from OK to bad, the worst was in East Texas. I did not continuously drive the I10 in AZ and NM so won't comment on that area.
Last year I thought I40 in OK was awful. We'll be on I20 in the morning going east from TX. US 287 in TX is in good shape.

I'm fairly certain most politicians are flying over the Interstates not driving on them. In some cases in private planes too.


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agesilaus wrote:

.........
. We'll be on I20 in the morning going east from TX. US 287 in TX is in good shape.
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If you are going thru Shreveport/Bossier City take I-220 around the north side. Unless they have rebuilt it, I-20 thru Bossier City was the roughest interstate I have ever been on. And that is saying something.

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We build beautiful roads and bridges in other countries, just not our own.
In our 50 States road contracts go out to the lowest bidder who has to use the cheapest asphalt, the quickest methods and the lowest paid workers to get the contract. Roads fall apart as soon as they are built.
In Europe they use high-grade asphalt with rubber bits to keep the pavement from cracking and falling apart, they do not hire the cheapest bidder. Their roads look like Main Street Disneyland.
Ours are terrible. Our pavement ends at the white line, pavement needs to extend wider than the road as water damage occurs because there lacks margins. Many many problems

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ajriding wrote:

We build beautiful roads and bridges in other countries, just not our own.
In our 50 States road contracts go out to the lowest bidder who has to use the cheapest asphalt, the quickest methods and the lowest paid workers to get the contract. Roads fall apart as soon as they are built.
In Europe they use high-grade asphalt with rubber bits to keep the pavement from cracking and falling apart, they do not hire the cheapest bidder. Their roads look like Main Street Disneyland.
Ours are terrible. Our pavement ends at the white line, pavement needs to extend wider than the road as water damage occurs because there lacks margins. Many many problems


You’re right that our infrastructure is in poor shape. And that the industry is ultra competitive. If you don’t live in one of those worlds you’re very blessed and likely pretty naive how the world works.
And you’re right , there is not enough spending to keep up with the problem.
But that’s about it and you’re woefully uninformed or .......If you don’t understand the bad stuff is largely well over 50 years old and some approaching 100.
I’m surprised your knowledge as an esteemed civil engineer and road builder didn’t pickup on that ....

* This post was edited 05/20/21 09:53pm by Grit dog *


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The real problem is that the money from fuel tax, tolls, vehicle licensing etc, all of it doesn’t go to road repairs. A good amount of it goes to other places it was never meant to go. So our roads and highways suffer because of misappropriation.


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jdc1 wrote:

The federal infrastructure plan from 2017 to 2021 never materialized. Things will get better soon.


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jdc1 wrote:

The federal infrastructure plan from 2017 to 2021 never materialized. Things will get better soon.


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