Thursday, October 2, 2014

What in Tarnation?!?

Ha, forgive the title, that's a saying long ago forgotten from my childhood, that popped to mind when I was writing this post. Truth be told, I don't even know if it's tar they use on the roads, though I suspect it's not...but that's besides the (title) point. ;)

Road Repair? Woohoo!

We had a work crew come by the house a few weeks back to tar the roads, or whatever it is they use to fix potholes. That was pretty exciting because in the 8 years we've been here, I've never seen a road repair crew come by. They were fixing the road in spots where potholes from last winter had gotten out of control.

Taken from the window by my youngest.
Work machines are a big deal when you're 7-yrs.old :)

What really surprised me, and maybe I'm way behind times on this one, is how fast the roads dried!!! They'd block a lane, fix it while re-directing traffic to one side only, and then 20 minutes later cars were driving right over the spots repaired. We're talking large patches too, not just pot-hole sized ones.

What a great invention, especially true if it's high quality and holds up well! I remember roads taking all day long to fix.


Now if only they'd come back and re-paint the lines. Like I said, it's been weeks, and all around the countryside out here, there are streets with 12-16 foot patches or more that have no lines.  I guess soon enough the snow will cover the streets and it won't matter a bit, but I'd like to have the lines just the same. :)

56 comments:

Robin said...

I feel like I am diverting a bit off the topic, BUT you brought up a point that has fascinated me for some time now. Road Lines. I think about them every now and again when I am on a major expressway and the traffic is whizzing by at 80mph. Road lines. The only thing that keeps the whole thing from becoming chaos. I hope you get yours back soon!

Jen said...

That's awesome! I'm glad they were able to get that fixed so quickly!

Pat Hatt said...

haha get your paint brush out and go get those lines done. They do dry fast indeed, as they are doing pot holes around here as well

Sandee said...

Nice job indeed, well except for not doing the lines. That's usually right after the road is done. Perhaps next year? Or the year after? Or never?

Have a fabulous day. ☺

jaime said...

I hope they come back soon to fix the lines! I didn't realize how quickly everything dried. Impressive!

Christy Maurer said...

They need to come to my streets!! They keep filling the holes and doing nothing else and they just keep needing filled again. I am sure this winter the roads will be a war zone again.

Linda said...

I have to have my lines. I get uptight without them and have been known to get quite aggravated.

Veronica Lee said...

How awesome! They need to come to my streets too!

Colette S said...

I"m glad it's all fixed, but yes I very much like my lines drawn up. Especially for night driving :)

Kristi Maloney said...

We live on a road tha runs through 3 towns. They finally repaved the whole thing and it is so nice to drive on. The pot holes used to be terrible. Isn't it nice to have them fixed?

alissa apel said...

That's great that they did it before winter hit! If potholes are fixed when it's cold outside they will just pop right back out. We have problems with them here.

Masshole Mommy said...

Around here, most roads don't have lines unless it's a main road. We just know to stay on our side ;)

Janine Huldie said...

Yup, this happened quite often here last year after all the cold and snow we had and was amazed at how quickly it could be done and dry, as well, too.

~ Noelle said...

Our main road was repaired a few months ago.... I was surprised at how fast they came to outline the turn arrows and stuff... but it felt like forever till they painted them in... Priorities I guess

becca said...

that's wonderful they fixed them so quickly and like you i need the lines.

Aimee Fauci said...

When we lived in apartments they did this to the entire complex and had sections blocked off...They did the lines a week later.

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Nothing better than driving or biking/skating on a freshly paved road. I'm sure they'll do the lines soon.. ?

Lois Alter Mark said...

I like road lines, too, and hope you get yours back soon. I never understood what the expression What in tarnation meant either! I think someone used to say it in some old cartoon!

Theresa Mahoney said...

It's funny how something as little as road repairs can excite us. We had our neighborhood done about 3 years ago and I thought we died and went to heaven. Our roads were B.A.D.!

Elephant's Child said...

I love it. Judging by the smell tar is still used over here. And needs to be used more often. Some of our pot holes are huge.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

They have come a long way in taking little time for you to be able to drive on the tar again

Lady Lilith said...

Nice road. I bet it is such a pleasure to drive down a smooth surface.

Krystal Butherus said...

Oh wow, what a story! thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

When they redid our road, they never came back and put road lines. Maybe they've forgotten you!

Danielle said...

Great to have nice new roads, but yeah, definitely keep an eye out for those lines!

Ai Sakura said...

I'd like road lines in to make it safer for everyone too! ;p


Ai @ Sakura Haruka

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Things sure have changed and lets hope this road fix is for the better. I just notice they repair the same roads around here yearly. I don't think they last as long as they used to.

Joyce Lansky said...

Paint smaint. At least you're not being swallowed by big gaping holes any more.

Ann B said...

I am always happy to see the city truck come and fix the pot holes that open up every year from our harsh winters. Some of the holes get so big i am worried about damaging the car.

Brian Miller said...

it is vcool...and pretty amazing as well how fast they can patch a road...or even put one in...when they want...and then it takes some crews...4-6 weeks to do 20 feet...ha...must be a union thing...smiles.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I wish they would make a good job of it here - they seem to just patch things lol - hope they come back and paint those lines for you soon. x

Cascia Talbert said...

I hope they stop by and paint the lines for you. I love driving on newly paved roads.

Maria said...

I hope they do the lines asap! So glad you have a smooth ride now!

CONNIE CHUHA said...

It amazes me at how fast things go when the workers put their minds to it. Hope it holds up.

Stefany T said...

We rarely get any work done on our streets either! I can see that you would want the lines!

Binky said...

Well at least they seem to do a good job re-paving your road.

Trish said...

Well at least they were quick about it! They've been doing work near us in our neighborhood for going on two months now. I'm getting tired of it :)

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

It is weird that they didn't put lines in. Are they coming back to do it?

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Lines or not at least the roads will be better yay!

Manzanita said...

We always used to use that phrase but I think it's gone the way of buggy whips and ice boxes. I laugh at how excited we can get over a little road repair. LOL

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Nice that they got it done. They need to grade our road really badly. It's got washboards all up the mountain.

Helene Bludman said...

I love a freshly paved road. Our little street got repaved last year -- the first time since we've lived here (17 years!).

Secondary Roads said...

Guys never outgrow their interest in work machines. At least some of us don't. Depending on where you live, they repair roads with asphalt, bitumen or tarvey. It's all the same stuff. Like a rose by any other name . . .

Melanie Burbage said...

Road lines will be next. I remember when they re-did the roads around here, main roads get painted that day, off roads takes a few days. Not sure why either. Should all be done in a day I think.

The Positive MOM said...

A freshly paved road is one of those small luxuries people take for granted in the USA. I am always fascinated at how fast they dry, just like you, but even more at how much road work and construction there is going on here when in the Dominican Republic, there are so many holes on the roads and it is rare for them to fix them. LOL

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

They look so shiny and smooth now, hope the lines are getting done soon! Too many bad drivers out there.

Nikki said...

I live in PA, so we basically have two seasons: winter and road construction season. LOL. I see these things all over the place right now. I hope you get your lines soon!

Carla said...

We don't have lines on most roads around here. I live in a small town, though.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Rosey, glad you had your street fixed! Have a nice weekend!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

They have done the same exact thing on the highway right near our home. They fixed the road but haven't come back to draw the lines. I hate driving that way.

Paula Schuck said...

Well very glad they fixed it. Hope the lines are painted soon.

Melissa Vera said...

It is amazing how far we have come. We have tons of road construction going on around here and I wish it would be as easy as patch.

Melissa said...

I'm always amazed at how fast everything dries when they repair the roads. Too bad the amount of repair jobs they actually do doesn't have the same kind of turnaround.

April Mims said...

That's great that you got the road fixed and got to learn about it too! Hopefully they will put lines on it soon though for safety reasons.

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

LOL maybe the lines take longer to dry and they are waiting on the right time. I had no idea either that the patch up could dry so fast.

Calendar Girl 365 said...

I think they do still use tar on the roads. ;-P I do hope you get your lines back soon!