It seems like every winter we complain that potholes seem worse than they have ever been. But this year, they really do seem worse than they ever have been.
I haven't seen any town or village that is immune this winter, and the thaw of the last few days has really made for brutal rides around some roads.
It seems that the busier they are, the worse they are, particularly in communities that are cheap with their paving budgets. Several state highways, including routes 8 and 22, are brutal. Horicon Avenue in Glens Falls is basically a one-lane road for much of its length, and Fire Road in front of the Rec Center in Glens Falls is close to impassible at this point.
Highway crews use "cold patch" to fix the asphalt this time of year, with asphalt plants closed for the season. But cold patch seems to disappear from these holes after the first snow or ice storm.
You would think that with all of the technological advancements we have seen in our lifetime, someone would have figured out a better way to fix damaged roads in winter weather. There is a ton of money to be made, and I'm sure the insurance companies and municipalities that pay out claims for damaged vehicles would be happy to see it.
Of course, towns, villages, counties and the state could spend more money on routine maintenance and paving that would prevent a lot of these problems, but that ship has obviously sailed.
-- Don Lehman