Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

Wizard of Id

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 4 months ago

    ice heave under the asphalt and a friendly truck tire smashing it down again. A pothole is born…

  2. A Common 'tater

    A Common 'tater said, 4 months ago


    And of course buses and other road vehicles don’t have the same effect… or are you just anti-lorry/truck?

  3. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, 4 months ago

    @A Common 'tater

    Trucks weigh a lot more than buses. In the U.S., a semi can weigh 80,000# fully loaded without overweight permits. A typical school bus doesn’t weigh north of 30,000#.
    Then again, buses usually have 6 wheels, and tour buses have 8 wheels compared to the 18 wheels that a semi has, unless the semi has converted to single extra-wide tires to replace the duals.

  4. William Pursell

    William Pursell GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Ahh N.,we may only hope that one of those new born Pothole’s will manage to swallow up the real reason for the roads being in ill repair around Id, It’s King.

  5. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, 4 months ago

    Yes, our potholes are exceptional this year. Job security: City workers, asphalt production centers, car repair shops. Did I miss anyone?

  6. sphinx wormwood

    sphinx wormwood said, 4 months ago

    Our road split down the middle. Runoff from my spruce now disappears into the abyss rather than going down the street.

  7. roxxitt2yaaa

    roxxitt2yaaa GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    You had to get nasty, didn’t you! If only the taxes went to road repair and things that are really needed instead of rich politicians (many of whom are your hated 1%ers, by the way) and their cronies’ pockets we might make some progress in this country!

  8. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, 4 months ago

    I remember years ago driving from Mich to Chicago, crossing the state line into Illinois I couldn’t help but notice a very large sign proudly proclaiming the the state used no tax dollars to maintain these roads as the road went from fair to horrible shape.

  9. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 4 months ago


    Yes, our potholes are exceptional this year. Job security: City workers, asphalt production centers, car repair shops. Did I miss anyone?

    Yes, the tow truck operators.

  10. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 4 months ago

    Must you get political EVERYWHERE you post?

  11. CFinFL

    CFinFL said, 4 months ago

    @Sharuniboy—-You have it all wrong about the Tea Party & taxes. They are not against fair & properly used Taxes. I was just reading a NY home town newspaper story about the bulk (no small amount) of NY road repair money being siphoned off to fill other budget gaps. This, & things like it, is what the Tea Party is objecting to. I suggest you do a little research before spouting off.

  12. Snoopy_Fan

    Snoopy_Fan said, 4 months ago

    Shut up…

  13. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 4 months ago

    @A Common ’tater

    re: common tator
    The difference is that a typical loading now is about 40,000 lbs, more than twice the 18,000lb design loading per axle when I was learning pavement design.
    I’m not against trucks, but most of our road woes come from truck tire pressure that is simply too high for asphalt to deal with.
    To put it in context, if you had vehicles of less than 10000lb GVW, you could have 2" of asphalt over base and it would last a couple of decades. A 60+ton M-1A2 tank has far less ground pressure per square foot than the typical longhaul truck today.
    100,000, 120,000lb or even more and you end up having to repave every year or two years like Oregon does on asphalt roads.
    The only alternative to reducing the axle loads is to go to concrete, and GOOD concrete at that.
    It may have changed, but it used to be the only pavement design method of the common ones used here (PCI, CalTrans, etc.) that even took cars into account was the forest service’s. Using that method back in 1990, a car with studded tires was about 1/900 to 1/1800th of one truck equivalent for road damage and was with the tungsten carbide-tipped studs they had back then. The modern mild steel and aluminum studs are incapable of even damaging the roads in my state because they are made of basalt, andesite, rhyolite, etc. and the minerals in them are harder than the steel and much harder than the aluminum.
    I’d have to dig out the books and calculate it, but I remember back then that when the axle loadings back then were extra heavy, such as an industrial truck back then or a modern longhaul truck, the damage was several million cars equivalent.

  14. boldyuma

    boldyuma said, 4 months ago

    Just went driving down hi-way 280 yesterday..
    Saw 5 Caltrans workers leaning on their shovels..all of them yapping on their personal phones..
    Yes..we have a lovely crop of potholes this year in California

  15. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, 4 months ago

    About 4 1/2 years ago, our county started an additional 1 cent per dollar tax for fix the roads.
    “and we promise that, when the roads are all fixed, we’ll make the 1 cent tax go away!”
    Voted down more’n 3 times before the dummies around here passed it (unless the electronic ballet boxes were stuffed).
    Yeah, right!
    And the next year they didn’t even let us try to vote the next one down, they just took it.
    Still waiting on the roads to get fixed.

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