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Winter Roads Take A Beating
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Winter driving is hard enough with ice and slick roads. But the roads themselves take a quite a beating too, which makes them even worse once the snow melts.
"Truthfully, I've already been in the ditch once this year," said Animosa Resident Lon Bright.
Not because Lon lost control, but because he couldn't see road markings. High winds blew snow back onto the roads.
"When I turned to go on the road, I thought I was on the road and I came to find out that I wasn't," said Bright.
Even when snow isn't covering the road, it's still in the way. It collects at the end of driveways, parking lots and street corners.
"It's a matter of line of sight, and are you able to see around them," said Cedar Rapids Public Works Manager Craig Hanson.
"When you can't see what's coming, there's some conditions there that tend to be a little risky sometimes," said Bright.
When snow gets in the way too much, it goes to one of a few out of the way sites where the city can dump snow.
"We've had a couple of intersections where people have brought it to our attention and we have staff out now working on them," said Hanson.
But on the streets, often the damage is already done.
"There's some areas of hard surface roads that look like they're moving around a little bit, causing some bouncing around when you're driving and things like that," said Bright.
"The ice is formed under the pavement and is now causing a buckling or a heaving of the pavement at those joints," said Hanson.
When the plows hit those bumps, it can actually damage the truck. When it doesn't, the plow can break off the top of the pavement and create that snowy-gravel mix on the side of the road.
The city says once the snow melts, it'll trade in the plows for street sweepers to clean up the extra gravel and pieces of cement. The process generally lasts through Spring.