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we came, we saw, we scoffed at your so-called potholes

 
RecDivR
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we've seen a lot of posters here in the forums complaining about the terrible road conditions on the Island. after having just visited the island this week, I'll make you a trade: we'll take your roads here in Detroit any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

seriously, the roads on st croix are better than I've seen anywhere in michigan in decades!

looking forward to moving in to our rental condo in a couple of weeks! :@)

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Topic starter Posted : May 21, 2016 9:24 pm
Spartygrad95
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Im from Detroit area too, and I concur, the roads on STT, while bad, are WAY better than the majority of Detroit area roads. The only difference is in Detroit you have room to dodge them, here, not so much.

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Posted : May 21, 2016 9:27 pm
ms411
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I used to go to Detroit often, and I agree. Many of the roads in Detroit look like the beat up private roads that people intentionally make it difficult to traverse so as to deter strangers.

We may even have more operating street lights than Detroit.

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Posted : May 21, 2016 10:01 pm
iowanontheislands
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I used to go to Detroit often, and I agree. Many of the roads in Detroit look like the beat up private roads that people intentionally make it difficult to traverse so as to deter strangers.

We may even have more operating street lights than Detroit.

Having lived in Detroit for a year, this gave me a chuckle. I was always confused about the lack of street lights until somebody told me that the city deemed them too costly. Corrupt politicians prefer to line their pockets rather than light the streets. Logic!

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Posted : May 21, 2016 11:17 pm
Alana33
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Looks like they'll be your potholes, too, in a couple weeks.
Welcome and enjoy settling in.

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Posted : May 21, 2016 11:21 pm
watruw8ing4
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The roads on STX are in pretty good shape at the moment. (The main ones, anyway. I bounced down a particularly nasty one just last week) But that doesn't last. Tip: When you start seeing red spray paint and cones in the middle of the road, start using caution, and tone down your scoffs. 🙂

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Posted : May 22, 2016 2:53 am
speee1dy
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they did just fill a lot of potholes because of the triathlon , we get a yearly repair because of that

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Posted : May 22, 2016 2:50 pm
sheiba
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Most of the main roads are fine for now .The back roads are terrible ...potholes get repaired just before the triathlon. The roads are not built correctly in the first place and are in need of constant repairs.

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Posted : May 22, 2016 9:23 pm
TN_Travelers
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Sounds like the roads in Tennessee. I-75 was not much better than Melnin Evans Hwy driving in from Atlanta last night. Only thing that kept the speeds up is there are no traffic lights. (td)

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Posted : May 22, 2016 9:29 pm
Alana33
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If they would patch them properly in the first place, it would make a difference.

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Posted : May 22, 2016 9:29 pm
ernieandmaryjo
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We went over The Beast yesterday for the first time in a couple of months, and the wife remarked "somebody made a mistake"... the northbound lane was repaved for a couple hundred yards near the bottom of the hill!:D

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Posted : May 23, 2016 1:48 pm
speee1dy
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sure, that was for the triathlon . thats the only reason

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Posted : May 23, 2016 4:38 pm
ernieandmaryjo
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Yeah, as we're driving down, we were explaining to our new-on-island daughter that the one lane always gets paved for the triathlon, then we get to the part where the opposite lane is newly paved, I say "OOPS", wife says "somebody made a mistake", we all laughed...:@)

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Posted : May 23, 2016 5:16 pm
OldTart
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Yeah, as we're driving down, we were explaining to our new-on-island daughter that the one lane always gets paved for the triathlon, then we get to the part where the opposite lane is newly paved, I say "OOPS", wife says "somebody made a mistake", we all laughed...:@)

Someone held the work order map upside down. 😀

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Posted : May 23, 2016 5:27 pm
speee1dy
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now that was funny

Yeah, as we're driving down, we were explaining to our new-on-island daughter that the one lane always gets paved for the triathlon, then we get to the part where the opposite lane is newly paved, I say "OOPS", wife says "somebody made a mistake", we all laughed...:@)

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Posted : May 23, 2016 5:50 pm
stjohnjulie
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I grew up in Michigan.. know a lot about potholes! Freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, sometimes several times in one day and with a whole bunch of salt thrown on the situation. Having the funds to repair make a big difference. Engineering seems to be the key though. They redid Gifft Hill Road on St. John some years ago and I have to tell you, they did a really good job on the engineering of the project. The road has held together really well, even the steep, sharp, switchbacks are holding together great. The water flow has been directed properly and it makes all the difference. The only problems I see now is when the cement trucks dump part of their load when going up hill.

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Posted : May 24, 2016 7:51 am
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