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Footage laying asphalt in the Australian outback...

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The speed at which they're able to just lay down asphalt over dirt road is mind blowing.

This may be painful to watch for some....So, viewer discretion advised... 

 


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That's pretty quick.

 

So why does it take so long to patch the potholes around here? 


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They have a completely different paving mindset out there.  The spend most of their money on the aggregate base materials and get all of their structural section out of that.  The Asphalt and surface coarse is purely to prevent water intrusion and add some wear resistance and increase the friction factor.  It's a proven and good way to do it but completely different way than we do it here.  California roads suck for the most part compared to many other places.  It's just sad in my opinion for what we all are forced to hand over to uncle jerry brown.  


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They have a completely different paving mindset out there.  The spend most of their money on the aggregate base materials and get all of their structural section out of that.  The Asphalt and surface coarse is purely to prevent water intrusion and add some wear resistance and increase the friction factor.  It's a proven and good way to do it but completely different way than we do it here.  California roads suck for the most part compared to many other places.  It's just sad in my opinion for what we all are forced to hand over to uncle jerry brown.  

 

Yes, it looked a lot different than what we do.  Seemed like they laid down a layer of 'tar' (a binder of some sort) then just dumped gravel (aggregate) over the top and compacted it.  Doesn't seem like it would be very durable but then again I'm not a road engineer.  

 

I totally agree about the state of our roads.  Highway 160 is a disaster and has been for years.  Every year they come and patch spots which last a couple years then they get even worse.  Seems like they'd be money and time ahead to just come in and do it over completely instead of redoing the same patching over and over but I wonder if the fact it's built on a levee isn't the problem causing subsidence.

 

Per the comment on uncle Jerry, see Drew's State of Jefferson post.  :)


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Would expect the traffic levels on that road and also the weather conditions it's got to cope with are vastly different than what Cali roads have to put up with.

Biggest problem with our roads is that they are old and no one wants to pay for their upkeep. Just put band aids on them every time new pot holes open up. Some of the Bay Area freeways are an absolute discrace - almost shook the car apart last time I went over the Alamont pass.

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almost shook the car apart last time I went over the Alamont pass.

 

Erin & I noticed this coming back from my parents (going westbound) -- I jumped around lanes trying to find a better area but the whole thing looked like a bomb had went off.


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I hit one and bent both front and rear driver's side rims. Eventually both flatted. Yeah it was amazing. Blind corner at night felt like I hit a wall and lucky it didn't send me into the oncoming lane on Vasco

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I hit one and bent both front and rear driver's side rims. Eventually both flatted. Yeah it was amazing. Blind corner at night felt like I hit a wall and lucky it didn't send me into the oncoming lane on Vasco


Was that on the BMW by chance? We killed a couple of tires and a wheel on ours thanks in part to the crappy stock run flat Bridgestone it came with,

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It was. Don't have run flats on Michelin pilot sports

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Yeah....I commute over the Altamont every day, twice a day. Wanna know a fun fact? 580 all the way from Tracy to Pleasanton used to be that bad the whole freakin' way. They've repaved quite a bit over the last two years, which is nice. But I've replaced so many control arms on the BMWs from that commute it's not even funny....


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Yeah....I commute over the Altamont every day, twice a day. Wanna know a fun fact? 580 all the way from Tracy to Pleasanton used to be that bad the whole freakin' way. They've repaved quite a bit over the last two years, which is nice. But I've replaced so many control arms on the BMWs from that commute it's not even funny....


U should send the bill to caltrans!




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