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Old 06-19-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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Miserable roads

I just returned from just under 4 weeks on the road. The thing that made the most lasting impression is the terrible condition of the roads; both interstates and non-interstates. The 18-wheelers are destroying our roads faster than they can be repaired.

On an interstate in Alabama, I had to drive on the inside lane for about 30 miles; the outside lane was so rough that I was in danger of losing control of the truck in places. US69 in Oklahoma was about as bad.

On the average, the best roads I encountered were the toll roads, although they were far from perfect in spots. I always felt that the few dollars I spent on toll were well worth the cost.

In Oklahoma, on US69, the road was so rough that the spice rack in the trailer actually fell apart and everything in the wardrobe was on the floor. I now have a collection of sticks instead of a spice rack! Agreed, some of the fault is in the construction of the spice rack; the nails only reach about 1/8" into the cross members and if there was any glue used, it is not apparent. I'll reassemble it with my pneumatic nailer and use nails that are long enough to really hold it together.

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Old 06-19-2004, 11:24 PM   #2
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Funny that you should post this, just after DH and I were discussing the state of Missouri's roads after our trip to the midwest Rally last weekend. As we jarred and jittered over the highways from Hannibal to Jefferson City, we remarked on what a contrast our roads have with other states we've driven through--and it's often not a good contrast. Don't get me wrong, I love our state, but I cringe when I think of our tourism ads that induce people to come see our wonders (and we do truly have wonders in Missouri!) but then offer out-of-state travelers our pitiful highways. What DO we need to do to get our roads here improved? I guess the obvious would be a higher gasoline tax, but everyone howls at that, and so we have to jounce all over the highways and bridges. I think some of our little winding blacktop Ozark byways outshine our larger highways. I agree that 18-wheelers seem to beat the the highways to death. One thing we noticed on our Illinois drive is the third lane that most truckers and large RV's drove while lighter traffic took the other two. I don't see an easy or soon-to happen solution. I do know that we really notice when we drive OUT of Missouri onto a state's highways that seem like silk in comparison. Ahhhhh, relief!

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Old 06-20-2004, 07:31 AM   #3
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What DO we need to do to get our roads here improved?
Get someone from Missouri elected president. Little Rock has to have a few hundred million dollars in road work going on.

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