Soft spring ground is easily torn up by spinning wheels
Some people are incredibly dumb about obvious things, like driving a big truck over soft, muddy ground.
It’s been a cold, wet spring so far, with lots of rain to keep the soil spongy, especially in the last week or so, adding to the moisture from the melting of a substantial snow cover.
Anyone whose feet have strayed from the sidewalk has probably stepped in mud, which is the best reminder the ground is still soggy and easily damaged.
I live next to a public school along the Scarborough bluffs, where the front lawn is soft and muddy from rain and kids trampling over it.
On Monday morning I saw a big stake truck back up over the curb and onto the sidewalk leading to the front doors of the school, to drop off or pick up something or other.
I didn’t think much of it until Tuesday, when I walked past the school and saw fresh ruts caused by dual truck wheels in the area next to the sidewalk, obviously made by the truck I saw a day earlier.
The ruts were incredibly deep, as if the truck had spun its wheels before grabbing hold and climbing onto the sidewalk, where muddy tire tracks were still visible. The same area had ruts that weren’t so fresh, as if another truck came along before and did the same thing.
It had me wondering what world the drivers live in. Shouldn’t they know that the grass is too soft to support the weight of a big truck that would clearly cause damage, or maybe even get stuck?
If the driver on Monday had simply stopped at the edge of the sidewalk, instead of backing onto the lawn, there’d be no problem. The back of the truck would have been no more than another metre away from the school doors.
Even if the ruts are filled and the ground seeded, the grass has zero chance of catching on, with so many kids constantly walking on it. And if you’ve noticed how sod never seems to take root next to a sidewalk, it’s not the solution, either.
So we’ll have a fine mud hole at the entrance to the school for at least the next couple months, all because a driver had to get a little bit closer to the doors.