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    Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Feels like you're driving over a crowd of people. The fast lane is destroyed.



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    From the melting?


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    yup, frost heaves. Freeze, then thaw, repeat...



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    yup, frost heaves. Freeze, then thaw, repeat...
    For all I knew they were tearing up half of 30.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Welcome to most of our roads in Ames! Winter has beat the crap outta em, I have been seeing crews filling asphalt into many of them recently



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    117 is pretty bad too now.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    30 is worse between Tama and Cedar Rapids. There's one stretch that almost made me pull over and check my suspension for failure. I don't understand why we can't engineer a road that won't fall apart after an average winter.



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Quote Originally Posted by maui6651 View Post
    30 is worse between Tama and Cedar Rapids. There's one stretch that almost made me pull over and check my suspension for failure. I don't understand why we can't engineer a road that won't fall apart after an average winter.
    I think two things happened. 1) This wasn't an average winter, plenty of precipitation and quite cold. 2) Our sub-soils are relatively moist so the frost layer may have been a tad deeper and more robust. We warmed up quickly which took out some frost resulting in sunken road beds.

    Regarding engineering roads, I'm sure cost is a reason but you're probably on to something. I often drive on Beaver Dr. in Johnston and that road had the same issues the past two years. Others haven't deteriorated nearly as much. I doubt the soil conditions are that much different. It seems to happen to the entire road rather than sections. Somebody cut costs somewhere or didn't engineer them as well. At least I'm guessing. I'm no engineer.



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Hwy. 69 north of Ames to Story City is horrific as well.



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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    That's where the economic restart needs to begin, fixing roads and bridges.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    that road brings bad memories....got hit by a drunk driver on that road near the duff exit.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    that road brings bad memories....got hit by a drunk driver on that road near the duff exit.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Quote Originally Posted by GeronimusClone View Post

    wow, dont even know how to respond to that.....I personally dont think drunk driving and car crashes are funny or light hearted, but hey....thats just me.


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    Re: Driving on Highway 30 in Ames...

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    wow, dont even know how to respond to that.....I personally dont think drunk driving and car crashes are funny or light hearted, but hey....thats just me.
    You really didn't see that as a Debbie Downer? my bad.


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