Our opinion: The inevitable
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Potholes be far behind?
With deep apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley, we amend his conclusion to Ode To the West Wind, to fit our immediate need.
Yes, as sure as flowers will bloom so many weeks hence, the roads in Warren County have become victims of the ravages of nature, and drivers either play a motorized version of Whack-A-Mole when circumstances allow or endure the sometimes teeth-jarring experience of hitting a new hole you didn’t see because it was either filled with water or there were just so many in your path that at least one was unavoidable.
This winter has been particularly hard on roads, the freeze-thaw cycle being the most detrimental to asphalt and concrete paving.
Just last week this area experienced ambient temperatures as low as minus-12 degrees, followed just three days later by spring-like high 40s. And then, it froze again.
There is a natural tendency to curse at that moment of impact and immediately search for a villain to blame. As this season of roadway degradation proceeds some of those epithets may be directed at PennDOT or the local departments responsible for road maintenance.
When those thoughts arrive just try to remember the titanic scope of the task of ensuring driving in this harsh environment is as smooth and uneventful as say, central Florida.
Counting the potholes in Warren County might be a task approaching numbering the sands. They will not all be filled as soon as they appear as those crews perform a sort of triage, attacking the most dangerous pockmarks first.
It will get better.