Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Whoda Thunk It

I found out today that roads that have cars using them hold up much better over time than roads that sit empty. That's because apparently the weight of the car or truck kneads the road mix and brings the oil up and back into the road mix.

Go figure.

3 Comments:

At June 11, 2009 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Sometime ask about road wear and vehicle type. Cars, SUVs, and pickups cause about the same amount of wear. That amount is minimal when compared to trucks. It's not your neighbors Hummer that tears up the streets. It's the garbage truck.

 
At June 11, 2009 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Sara said...

True, especially in the heat of summer. That's where the ruts in the road come from, those big trucks. Phil Batt should never have allowed the weight limits to be increased.

 
At June 16, 2009 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Eric said...

This discussion become interesting when you talk about gas taxes... per mile where a hummer and a Prius pay the same amount even though the Prius uses less gas and costs the same as the Hummer with regard to road wear? or per mile where the cost is spread more equitably.

 

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