Thursday, February 18, 2016


For over six years, a bad patch of pavement on the Outer Ring Road at the Western exit to Aberdeen has caused untold carnage to vehicles.

Potholes are a way of life in northern climates, particularly in the spring, but this particular stretch of holes is an issue every single year. I have written about this treacherous stretch many times. It is hard to understand how this problem can not be resolved. There has rarely been a period since the road opened when there has not been orange pylons and warning signs.

At one point Transportation and Works had tendered for a special grade of filler designed to combat the geophysical challenges present at the location. The magical elixir arrived late in the fall and could not be applied until the following spring. However, the solution was temporary as we can see by today's story in The Telegram stating that seven vehicles lost tires and sustained damage at the site yesterday.

I hate to be so critical, but I am confounded that with an army of engineers, planners, project managers and access to outside geophysicists that this habitual problem can not be solved. It is obvious that there is an issue with the material beneath the pavement that has not been or can not be resolved. Patching and filling holes (which is often done too late) appears to be ineffective.

At the very least the department responsible for road safety should be monitoring this busy section of road and staying on top of the deterioration. They should be posting signs, erecting flashing lights and pylons before vehicles are damaged.

This is a ridiculous situation that verges on the intolerable!

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