If there is anything that adds to frustration about the potholes in the roads in Huntsville, it’s the red Town truck that drives around filling those holes. It makes me cringe, it makes me anxious, and it makes me mad.
Without a word of a lie, there is a red Town truck outfitted with some aggregate/tar mix and two shovels in the box. Staff drive around in it with the tailgate down and shovel cold mix into potholes. I’ve seen it. You have probably seen it, too. And I’ve seen it drive away without even so much as running the truck’s tires over the patch of newly laid black crap to pack it down.
Now, I’m no engineer and I’ve never built a road. But I do bake from time to time and one of the rules of baking has to do with measuring brown sugar. When you fill a measuring cup with brown sugar you have to pack it down to get an accurate measurement. Anyone who has ever done this knows that after you pack it down you can get about half as much again of brown sugar in the cup.
So I’m left to wonder, why do the people in the red Town truck slop the black sticky mixture into the hole and drive away? Have they never baked? Do they not realize that once that mixture packs down the hole is only half full?
Then there is the problem of who ends up compressing the cold mix. Well, that would be you and me in our non-Town-owned vehicles. Don’t you just love the sound of those rocks and tar hitting the underside of your car as you drive over a fresh patch?
At that moment I feel like the Town should be paying me to do their job. My car is being pelted by rocks and sludge as it finishes the Town’s pothole repair job, but my vehicle is not part of the fleet replacement plan. The red truck is.
As Spring is approaching this practice needs to be stopped. Allowing the potholes to be filled with cold mix that is not properly spread nor compressed is not just a waste of money, it’s offensive.