Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A DAY IN THE LIFE

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"I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on"

"A Day In Life"
Beatles
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So this is mostly just a vent. The scourge of potholes! You would swear that there was an election on the go, but all of the orange signs are warnings about potholes.

We should have a couple of huge signs erected that say "St. John's Pothole Capital of The world"

I missed four days of work over the past week and half because of a shitty pothole. Well, I suppose it was not the pothole but a string of circumstances.

In reality, an elderly lady hit a pot hole on NL Drive during the big wind and rain storm on Sunday (Feb 05). I stopped to change her tire and got drenched and chilled, which I think made me very susceptible to a wicked bug.

Okay, so blaming potholes for my illness is a stretch but they are hard on your vehicle and make for dangerous driving.  

Mix the mess of potholes in this city with distracted drivers has to be top cause of car accidents. How many distracted drivers are talking on a cell phones, sending  a text message or eating food., when they should be paying attention to the road?


How many of you have had a flat due to a pothole this past winter?

 It can cause expensive damage to your car and cause you to make an unexpected appointment with the auto mechanic.  They can also cause an impact similar to that of a 35-mph car accident, if deep enough.


Avoiding the buggers is not that easy to begin with. Swerve to avoid one and you just might slide into another vehicle,  or loose control of your vehicle.

The most important thing we can do is notify City Hall of the location and size of any potholes that you encounter. This ensures that they know about them, so temporary repairs can be done.

The challenge for city must be incredible because of the freeze-thaw pattern which has been the hallmark of this Winter. It has been near impossible to maintain a backyard rink, so you know this freezing and thawing is just ideal for the creation of potholes.

At last count, the  City of St. John’s public works director Paul Mackey said the city has been busy filling in the holes - nearly 500 of them so far.


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