Re: The salt is almost gone...
On Fri, 1 Apr 2005 20:09:56 -0500, "Gumby" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Great idea...but that will never happen because our govt is too cheap to pay
>the cost. Same reason they do not use enviroment friendly alternatives to
>salt. To cheap to pay for it. They don't even fix our roads any more here in
>Toronto. Look how many pot holes there are! They're everywhere and I'm
>constantly swerving to avoid them. Our roads are a joke compared to the
>roads in the southern U.S. I know that our climate creates bad road
>conditions, but this is too much.
I've seen the studies on this. Climate is one thing, but the biggest
destroyer of roads are large, heavy vehicles. The Toronto corridor
is so heavily travelled by them it's no wonder the roads suck.
The other problem is the technology. European roads last far longer
than ours. The construction techniques are different. So why haven't
they adopted those techniques here? Because of the political influence
of the huge contracting firms here. They don't want roads that last,
they want to be back on them every six months, FOR six months fixing
them. Lastly, the exhorbitant gasoline taxes we pay, that used to go
to fixing roads are now being diverted "elsewhere." Meanwhile, our
Federal government sits on a $5 billion+ surplus every year, thinking
up ways to blow the money to make sure votes keep coming in to Liberal
party in Canada.
Oh yeah; I just heard; 4" of snow due on Saturday!