It’s the end of pothole season. That’s not to say they have all been filled, just that with seasonal change freezing then thawing then freezing shenanigans over, there will be no new potholes. But don’t assume your car is safe!
At one time Montreal, like many other cities, had a network of streetcars as its main public transportation system. By the time I became a user of public transit these urban trams had been replaced with buses and a Metro system. But relics of the old network can still be seen today. The photo above, taken yesterday at the corner of Lambert-Closse and St. Catherine Streets, clearly shows the old tracks under newer asphalt.
I imagine that when it was decided to do away with the streetcars someone must have pointed out that the miles of track would have to be dealt with as well. Remove them? Don’t be silly, just slap a few layers of asphalt over them, cover them. There won’t be that many cars anyway.
Well, like a nasty infection, sixty or so years later these tracks are back with a vengeance. Years of snowplows and other vehicles have not only worn through the oft replaced asphalt, but have also honed the once again exposed tracks to razor sharpness. I’m all in favor or urban archeology, but I prefer the kind where folks have to dig to find artifacts, not the kind where the past inflicts itself on us. I’m sure the tire companies have some say in this as it can only be good for business.