The obstacle course also known as Hwy. #88

The obstacle course otherwise known as Highway 88 is certainly due for some attention. While it was encouraging to see a crew out patching holes the other day, it was also confusing and disappointing. Disappointing because so few got filled; confusing because of what seems to be the inconsistent nature of the patching. Holes done here and there, with others (many others) overlooked. It could be that they were trying to do only the worst ones, having only a limited amount of patching material. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say that was the strategy. But the result is a weird inconsistency that throws you off guard. You think, ‘Oh, good. This section of road has been fixed! Then, boom! You hit a hole that was skipped.
Then a few more that were patched. And some of the ones that weren’t seem every bit as nasty as the ones that were.

It’s not a good scenario. Visitors to the area – say people pulling holiday trailers – are in for a rude shock. Or more to the point, a rude series of shocks. On the other hand, by the time they get onto Hwy. 88 they’ve had to endure Hwy. 2, so if they have their wits about them they’ve slowed down and adopted defensive driving techniques. There’s a lot of weaving going on, as drivers negotiate the worst spots. This is easily the worst it has been in 30 years. Probably longer than that, but we can’t vouch for anything prior to 1990.

But patching is improvement, however it is done, so let’s be happy about that. We hear from a source that ought to know that the highway maintenance contractor has “an extensive plan,” for repairs this summer in the area. It includes around 1,800 tonnes of a type of ‘cold-patching’ material and 90,000 kilograms of another type of patching stuff. This is just for the Slave Lake and Wabasca areas.

In the meantime – as always – slow down and keep your eyes on the road.

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