Are there any road construction people, designers, engineers out there who could answer a couple of questions?
After winter has ravaged our roads, many of them get their surfaces ground off, leaving deep longitudinal ridges. I gather this is to produce a highly-textured sub-surface so the new top coat will bond properly.
Here's the first question - why do they leave it like that for months on end? Is it like beef and cheese, it improves with age?
So, why don't they resurface it immediately?
This roughened road is murder on some cars, like the little Smart I drove a couple of months ago. It got tossed all over the place on this stuff. Bordered on unacceptably dangerous.
And in all cars it is terribly noisy and uncomfortable.
I have "notionally" invented a solution to this problem - the Asphalt Zamboni.
I say "notionally" because in Annie Hall, Woody Allen describes how movies get made: “Right now it’s only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea.”
I have no money - just a notion.
Just as an ice-making Zamboni scrapes away old ice, melts it and lays down a new surface, so my Asphalt Zamboni would grind off the old crap (like they do now), pitch the scrapings into an oven on the back of the machine where ultra-hot burners would melt them down again. Then it would spread a new layer of pavement, tamping it down with a big roller at the very end of the machine.
One pass, and presto! New road.
Question number two: Do you know if anyone else has already tried to turn this notion into a concept?
It sounds like it should work.
One way or an other, they have to figure out how to fix these roads more quickly.
**** UPDATE ****
A commentor notes that there is such a thing as a "Pavement Zamboni". At least, there has been a patent application for one:
Darn it. There goes another shot at a financially secure retirement.