Colorado Roads


Nyla Fowler, Staff Writer

By Nyla Fowler

The potholes and dips within the highways, the damage on car tires and bumpers that may loosen – nearly anyone that has driven on Colorado roads can attest to their lackluster quality. It can be difficult to find a smooth stretch of road anywhere in the city, let alone the state.
Potholes form when roads get worn out and break down throughout the years. According to “Potholes begin when water seeps through cracks in the road. In colder climates, that water can freeze and push sections of pavement upward; the eventual thaw results in unsupported pockets. (In warmer climates, soil erosion under the road can cause weak spots.) The continual pressure of vehicles may cause these weak areas to collapse.”
Tire damage from potholes occurs when the rims of the tire rub against the inside of the pothole, and it scrapes the edges of the tire. According to Mr. Kasten, the Coronado construction teacher, “Potholes can damage your dumper when hitting a dip or just speeding.”
Mr. Kasten provided additional information stating, “There are emergency construction groups when roads need to be fixed, or if too many people complain they tend to fix the roads. The specific time they would do construction is right around the beginning of summer near to the middle of it, [but] they do it in winter sometimes.”
Annoyance with construction is inevitable if the roads are going to get upgraded; the one lane traffic and detours are necessary evils. If we want new roads, we will have to be patient because, as Mr. Kasten concluded, “The roads are terrible.”