Spring has arrived and the snow is melting. Which is worse? The snow and ice packed roads or the slush and refreeze? Either way, it calls attention to the City’s need to revise the current snow and ice removal and control plans.
But let’s talk springtime roads… And potholes. We all know where I come from, Pothole central. With the use of salt and other ice control products, potholes are a natural occurrence. Or so I thought. There are more potholes here than I ever saw in my suburban home town.
Potholes aren’t caused by the use of ice melting products as much as they are caused by the rapid expansion and contraction of water in its frozen state. It seeps into visible and invisible cracks where it freezes and expands. Then it thaws and seeps even further. Repeat this throughout the winter and eventually you have a wicked pothole. Basic middle school science.
By not properly removing snow, our roads are at even higher risk of potholes over the next few weeks as we experience frozen nights and spring like days. How does the City plan to handle this? A well functioning city would respond to a pothole call within 24 hours.
I’ve been fighting with the same pothole at the edge of my driveway for over 2 years now. I’m sure it’s been there longer than that though. I am certain that many of you have a hatred or these tire and axle destroyers just as I do.
With a strong desire from the community to review and revise the snow and ice removal plan, the City needs to listen. Snow removal and potholes are related and the cost of each need to be taken into consideration with such an action.
The City needs to repave so many streets, not to mention making the crosswalks ADA compliant and relaying all sidewalks. This alone would cost us hundreds of thousands in taxes and possibly grants.
This would also result in probably millions being needed in the end because they would have to replace the storm and sewage drains under many roads they repaved. Do you know how much of that could have been avoided if proper snow removal techniques had been applied from the start?
The road conditions in Great Falls are pretty intense. I believe it to be a misappropriation of taxpayer funds. The City Streets Department only received enough tax money to pay the wages and salaries of department employees.
All road work of any kind is almost completely non-funded. Barely even getting donations or grants. Either the City is just that broke, or… based on the fact that the city budget is available online for public access, you can infer that fund misappropriation is the better culprit. Our city officials should be ashamed of themselves.