Car­bon­ear road con­di­tions lam­basted on so­cial me­dia

Photo high­lights dam­age to ve­hi­cles from pot­holes on ma­jor road­ways

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS

As the win­ter’s snow be­gins to melt, the roads in Car­bon­ear lose their slip­pery ice and slush, but take on a new dan­ger to driv­ers- pot­holes.

Last week, a photo was posted to Face­book show­cas­ing the dam­age done to a ve­hi­cle as it hit an un­marked pot­hole on Pike’s Lane. The car — a Ford Fo­cus — had a snapped con­trol arm. The photo gar­nered over 150 shares and dozens of com­ments from peo­ple claim­ing that they have had sim­i­lar prob­lems.

The pot­hole in the photo was at the very end of Pike’s Lane, and has since been marked by a py­lon. There are more deep pot­holes in the area.

Jeremy King, a res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear, has faced is­sues while driv­ing in the same area, and says some­thing needs to be done.

“There’s a rea­son ev­ery­one’s ve­hi­cle around here has bad front end prob­lems — it’s the pot­holes around Car­bon­ear. You lit­er­ally can’t avoid them,” said King. “Not ev­ery­one can af­ford to go fix their car ev­ery week.”

Dur­ing a town coun­cil meet­ing in Car­bon­ear on March 5, Brian O’Grady, di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Pub­lic Works, men­tioned the process in­volved in fix­ing the roads.

“Usu­ally dur­ing the win­ter sea­son we rely on coal patches to fix the roads,” said O’Grady. “On av­er­age, we’ll use around one and a half pal­lets dur­ing the win­ter, but this sea­son we’re al­ready onto our fourth pal­let. As you can see, there are still lots out there to be taken care of.”

O’Grady says that the freeze/thaw cy­cle that hap­pens ev­ery win­ter sea­son will in­evitably im­pact road con­di­tions. A freeze/thaw cy­cle is when rainwater set­tles in al­ready ex­ist­ing cracks in a road, freezes due to low tem­per­a­tures, and ex­pands those cracks. When that ice melts, more wa­ter will seep into the ex­panded cracks, freeze, and re­peat the process again un­til the tem­per­a­tures rise.

O’Grady also men­tioned that the town’s salt and sand sup­ply is sig­nif­i­cantly lower this year com­pared to this time last year. Usu­ally, by the end of the win­ter sea­son, the town has about 400 tons of left­over salt and sand, how­ever, O’Grady feels as though that will not be the case this sea­son.

De­spite all of this, O’Grady is con­fi­dent that the town’s roads will be in bet­ter con­di­tion by the end of the sea­son.


The dam­age done to a res­i­dent’s car af­ter hit­ting a deep pot­hole at the end of Pike’s Lane.


The pot­hole at the end of Pike’s Lane has been filled with dirt and marked by a py­lon.

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