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Ever been tempted to do road maintenance???(9 posts)

Ever been tempted to do road maintenance???biknben
Jul 22, 2002 12:29 PM
My commute to work requires me to ride on some less than favorable roads. There is a 2 mile stretch through an industrial zone which drives me nuts. The road is narrow. The weeds are growing into the road. It also has moderate to heavy traffic including trucks. There's a quarry and a mulching business on the road. The trucks leave exit sites and always drop small portions of their load on the road. The debris eventually ends up on the side of the road and is now a few inches deep and obscures the white line completely.

My commute into work is early enough that traffic isn't a problem. In the afternoon it is a complete disaster. I ride as far right as possible and there's no way traffic can pass me if someone is coming from the other direction. Traffic may have to wait behind me long enough that a line forms. Driver eventually get impatient and put me at risk.

On the days that I drive in, I drive along the edge of the road in an attempt to move the debris towards the right. I've been tempted to show up early on a weekend morning and clean it up. In most areas, I would have to use a shovel to pick up all stones/debris that has accumulated.

Anyone else have to deal with a situation like this? I know I'd get some strangle looks if seen walking the roadside with a yellow vest and shovel at dawn. Has a letter to the DOT or township ever produced any results?

Hoping for some ideas or support. Thanks
Did you ever see the "Drew Carry" episode?laffeaux
Jul 22, 2002 1:02 PM
There's an episode of "Drew Carry" where he takes it upon himself to fix a pothole in front of his house that the DOT will not address. Needless to say the insuing antics lead you to believe that it's a bad idea to take road construction into your own hands. It may not be applicable in your case, but it was a funny episode.
Are you Kramer?ColnagoFE
Jul 22, 2002 1:07 PM
Great Seinfeld episode where Kramer widens the lanes to "his" road.
"Welcome to Moviephone..."cabinfever
Jul 23, 2002 7:49 AM
"Why don't you just tell me the name of the movie you'd like to see!" Another Seinfeld reference. I know it has nothing to do with cycling, but you brought up Seinfeld. I loved this one.
Yes ... have done some cleanup and tempted to do more ...Humma Hah
Jul 22, 2002 1:33 PM
I have been known to do road cleanup, particularly removal of debris likely to damage tires. One particular spot accumulates glass on the bike path, and I know another cyclist who has adopted that.

I once lost a tire on my pickup due to a huge and very deep pothole that was full of water and looked like a puddle. It was located at the entrance to a place I used to work, and nailed me when I left after a visit. Had I still been working there, and got no satisfaction from complaints to the county, I'd have been out there with a mattock and shovel and a couple of bags of concrete, to fix the drainage and fill the hole.
re: Ever been tempted to do road maintenance???DINOSAUR
Jul 22, 2002 2:36 PM
What state do you live in? If you live in Ca write a letter to the city/county/state, whoever is responsible for the road maintenance. Letters work wonders. Also indicate you are saving a copy for your records. Once they have been advised of the problem the liability issue becomes more important. I worked for the state of Ca and most agencies are required to reply to the letter. Heck while your at it, enclose a couple of photos of the roadway condition if you are really serious....if that doesn't work write a letter to the editorial page of your local paper....
Union grievanceTypeOne
Jul 22, 2002 3:55 PM
Look out for the bargaining unit guys from your city maintenance shop coming out, hassling you then filing a grievance with the city.

Almost happened to me when I went out to shipping at work to pick up a shipment. "Hey buddy, this is a union shop. You touch that box and we walk!"
So they sent me the box 2 weeks later, partially damaged.
No, but...filtersweep
Jul 22, 2002 5:09 PM
I've been VERY tempted to remove speed bumps on my favorite ride- AND put up an extra stop sign at my crossing on a different ride.

I'll bet a bunch of guys dressing the part could tear apart a road with jackhammers, no questions asked!
Yes, like pouring hydraulic cement in those missing gas covers?High Gear
Jul 22, 2002 6:14 PM
I go down this one road and sometimes more than one cover has poped out of it's hole! I have been thinking of that quick fix lately.