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Potholes
  • BreakPause02 February 17, 2012 - 1:02 pm #46640 Reply

    Why is it that other counties, whether in Virginia, Maryland or DC are able to fill pot holes during the winter, sometimes within a day or two of their forming, but Arlington's policy is to wait until winter is over?  They don't even fix a lot of pot holes, and I've reported them over the years.

     

    I've driven around a few in DC, to find the pot hole fixed the next day!

    novasteve February 17, 2012 - 1:19 pm #46641 Reply

    You are actually praising DC on potholes?

     

    You obviously are not from this area nor have you been here very long. I know people whose cars have been destroyed because of how bad the potholes were/are in DC. Montgomery county use to be good about it, but now it's getting bad as well. When I was a kid in the early 80s, the streets in DC were like of a third world country that had experienced lots of bombings.

    D'oh! February 17, 2012 - 1:34 pm #46642 Reply

    Surely “kid” and “early 80s” are typos.

    ಠ_ಠ

    BreakPause02 February 17, 2012 - 2:50 pm #46643 Reply

    Compared to Arlington, on the few roads I travel in DC, they repair potholes pretty rapidly.

     

    Arlington has potholes years old.  Some roads its a obstacle course going around the potholes in Arlington.

    novasteve said:

    You are actually praising DC on potholes?

     

    redstang423 February 17, 2012 - 3:33 pm #46644 Reply

    It's typically fiscally smarter to wait until the winter is over to repair potholes. The temperature changes from winter to summer and vice versa wreak enough havoc on the roads on its own with the contraction and expansion of the pavement (typically why potholes form in the first place). Pavement isn't perfectly impermeable. When it gets wet, some of the moisture gets into the pavement – especially around the seams of the pothole repair. If the temperature drops below freezing and this moisture turns to ice, you have localized pockets that expand (due to the frozen water expanding) while the rest of the pavement is contracting. Often times, this will just destroy any repair that was completed, and it'll need to be redone in the springtime anyway.

    novasteve February 17, 2012 - 3:52 pm #46645 Reply

    Arlington needs to save the money to pay poor people to move to arlington and to buy the expensive year round homeless shelters. We need to all make sacrifices so democrats can buy votes with taxpayer money. DO YOUR PART!

    BreakPause02 February 17, 2012 - 4:28 pm #46646 Reply

    Sure, I understand that it may need to be done in the spring, and maybe multiple times in the winter.  But there are some potholes that could damage your car, and even a temporary fix, whether it lasts for weeks or months is better than nothing.  Other counties and the Commonwealth seem to agree.

    redstang423 said:

    It's typically fiscally smarter to wait until the winter is over to repair potholes. The temperature changes from winter to summer and vice versa wreak enough havoc on the roads on its own with the contraction and expansion of the pavement (typically why potholes form in the first place). Pavement isn't perfectly impermeable. When it gets wet, some of the moisture gets into the pavement – especially around the seams of the pothole repair. If the temperature drops below freezing and this moisture turns to ice, you have localized pockets that expand (due to the frozen water expanding) while the rest of the pavement is contracting. Often times, this will just destroy any repair that was completed, and it'll need to be redone in the springtime anyway.

    Bard February 18, 2012 - 9:35 am #46647 Reply

    novasteve said:

    Arlington needs to save the money to pay poor people to move to arlington and to buy the expensive year round homeless shelters. We need to all make sacrifices so democrats can buy votes with taxpayer money. DO YOUR PART!

    So they can buy…. the votes of homeless people? 

    novasteve February 18, 2012 - 3:19 pm #46648 Reply

    Bard said:

    novasteve said:

    Arlington needs to save the money to pay poor people to move to arlington and to buy the expensive year round homeless shelters. We need to all make sacrifices so democrats can buy votes with taxpayer money. DO YOUR PART!

    So they can buy…. the votes of homeless people? 

    year round homeless shelter means that is their residence. Yo udon't think the arlibs will be tempted to say “hey, go vote for us, remember we gave you this place!”

    mickey_ February 19, 2012 - 8:09 am #46649 Reply

    I have reported potholes via the county site numerous times since September, and not ONE have been repaired to date!  There are 3 at the intersection of Fairfax and Wilson that are still there!  Wilson is an obstacle course with not only pot holes and bumps, but old road breaking up.  I have watched some “patching” done when they dump asphault out and tamp it with the back of a shovel!  Some of these roads are so bad that I think that I am driving in the country in Bangladesh!  OK, would you believe Afghanistan?  Meanwhile, the Green initiatives continue to drain the taxpayers wallets as well as “Art initiatives”, and, OH YES the trolly on Columbia Pike for all the “high end” housing currently located there since 1926! 

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