Letter to the editor: Too much salt
To the editor:
I was driving down Sixth Street and noticed a constant line of huge cavernous potholes caused by this last application of salt. With the slightest indication of snow, there are salt trucks and plows, at great expense, congesting the roadways, causing the already disintegrated roads to crumble in a couple days. Then, they don’t fix the problem until it warms up, and it’s only a patch.
In Scandinavia, the roads last decades, and it’s a normal thing to drive on snow pack. They don’t use salt, and their roads are tremendously nice. It seems that someone in Lawrence decided that all of the road surfaces will be shoddily replaced every couple years instead of built to withstand the large traffic load, huge amounts of salt and the abuse of huge plows for every little snowflake. Maybe it’s a symbiotic relationship between organizations instead of a moral duty to free the roads of winter precipitation?
I realize people make money off of snow removal, but at some point, you have to question its purpose on some roads at some times. I remember a time when driving on 6 inches of snow wasn’t that dangerous. It’s called, “Slow down!”