Monday, September 24, 2018

DFW ROADS NEED QUALITY REPAIR AND REGULAR MAINTENANCE


September 24, 2018

 By Saeed Qureshi
While there is vast network of the highways and smaller roads, the standard of repairs of the roads linking locations in DFW metropolis is patently quite unprofessional, rough and risky. The city and the country administrations take a huge pile of various kinds of taxes to provide the civic and municipal comforts and facilities efficiently and hugely. One can see the 121 and George Bush Turnpike built in the near past as keeping inter cities traveling fast easy and convenient. These additionally facilities are good boon to streamline and ensure the easy flow of commuters of all hues and cries.

There can be various reason for such a lapse causing sufferings to the countless commuters in DFW metropolis. One could be that unprofessional repair companies or individuals are hired which charge less money than the truly professional organizations or parties.

Secondly no checkup is carried out to determine of the job assigned to these groups was carried out in accordance with the laid down rules and requirements. The city and county governments might not have taken the repair work seriously as the building of the roads or resurfacing the main roads, highways and autobahns was more important than merely reaping the broken or damaged roads.

What happens to the countless commuters is that their tires go flat or wear out sooner than completing their normal span of remaining intact and serviceable. However, the cost to the overall body of the vehicles is costlier caused by the persistent daily erosion of the surface of the tire by the ditches, holes and pointed corners of the eroded place.

As daily traveling on roads with rough and eroded surface not only caused earlier wear and tear of the wheels but also cause mental shocks to the drivers and as well slow driving and damage to the parts of the body especially the system that has to be applied on these countless places almost every day.

Th speeding vehicle fall into the worn-out places with a thud and then come out by applying more pressure on the accelerator each time. Such surface erosion and potholes, a few years back, were witnessed on the smaller street roads but now one can also be seen in the intercity highways, freeways damaged and broken.

During the rains the situation bets more problematic and tedious. The rain water deposited in the cleavages and holes gets splashed and falls on the vehicles’ bodies and framers. Besides getting in the whole and coming out for a vehicle also erodes the tires which ultimately have to replaces putting additional financial cost to those commuters who may not be financially very well off.  The roads that are resurfaced or a new layer is placed or a ditch is filled remain uneven and therefore cause jerks and jumping of the vehicles up and down and sideways. If the respective city and county administrations and the departments in charge of the repair work take a survey of the roads big or small, highways and city roads they would find countless such faults and uneven sections. It would be rather pertinent and advisable for the county and city administrations to take a survey of all the roads to check the bumps and high and low and rough and uneven sections.

Some time back I wrote another article after the competition of the Georg Bush High way. I had noted that sections and portions of the that magnificent turnpike didn’t have smooth tracts on many places. Not only I but countless other commuters must have noticed and suffered the jerks on the uneven sections by traveling on that highway regularly or occasionally. Mercifully some of the sections were later resurfaced and their level there brought even with the even portions.

It appears that that not much of attention is given to the selections of the right and professionally compartment and the experienced parties and firms to build or repair the mauled highways and normal roads. I wonder that in the United States where merit, competence and expertise is the touchstone in services, such a gross negligence is being shown and practiced in proving good roads between the cities and within the cites causing a lot of frustration and disturbance to the commentators even in the modern age of perfection and professional excellence.



One can see the Texas State Highway121 and President George Bush Turnpike built in the recent past are keeping inter-cities traveling fast, easy and convenient. These additionally facilities are good boon to streamline and ensure the easy flow of commuters of all hues and cries in much less time. 

Nevertheless, as a regular commuter on the roads and highways of Dallas and Fort Worth Metropolis, I have observed that most of the big and small roads have rough and uneven surface. While traveling across the Metroplex the vehicles receive jumps and fall back on the roads. There is a vast network of the highways and smaller roads, yet the standard of repairs of the roads seem to be unprofessional and not very useful.

 There can be various reasons for such a lapse causing sufferings to the countless commuters in DFW metropolis. One of the reasons could be that the unprofessional repair companies or upstart groups are hired who charge less money than the truly professional organizations or parties. The crude surfacing of the eroded or rough roads is a crying evidence of that bizarre situation.

Besides, it appears that no regular or periodic checkup is carried out to determine if the job assigned to the repair contractors was carried out in accordance with the laid down rules and requirements. The city and county governments might not have taken the repair work seriously as the building of the roads, the main roads, highways and autobahns was more important than merely repairing the broken or damaged roads.

That leads to the heavy cost on the repair of the body of the vehicles as the daily traveling on such roads with rough and eroded surface cause earlier wear and tear of the wheels, tires and body of the vehicles particularly the brakes. The slow driving and jumping of cars on uneven spots cause mental agony and shocks each time.

The speeding vehicles fall into the worn-out places with a thud and then come out by applying more pressure on the accelerators each time. A few years back such surface erosion and potholes were witnessed on the small street roads but now these can be seen on the highways, freeways, and intercity roads.

During the rains the situation gets more problematic and tedious. The rain water deposited in the cleavages and holes splashes and falls on the vehicles’ bodies and frames. Besides for the vehicles getting out of the holes and cleavages also erodes the tires. The tires have to be replaced putting additional financial cost to those commuters some of whom may not be financially very well off.  The roads are resurfaced by the hired groups without leveling the surface smoothly. 

We have seen that the new layers placed over a ditch remain uneven and therefore cause jerks and jumping of the vehicles up and down and sideways. If the staff of the respective city and county governments survey, they would find countless unfilled ditches and uneven sections which the contractors falsely show as done. It would be rather pertinent and advisable for the county and the city administrations to take a survey and ensure that the filling or leveling work was perfect and nice and in accordance with the book and laid down regulations. Rather such inspections and surveys should be done periodically to ensure smoothness and proper level of the roads without holes or cavities.

Some time back I wrote an article after the competition of the Georg Bush Highway or Turnpike. I had noted that various sections and portions of that magnificent Turnpike didn’t have smooth tracts on many places. Not only myself but countless other commuters must have noticed and suffered the jerks on the uneven sections by traveling on that highway regularly or occasionally. Mercifully some of the sections were later resurfaced and brought at par with the even portions. That brought a great relief to the commuters on this vital traveling artery between various locations and cities.

It appears that not much of attention is given to the selections of the right and professionally competent and truly experienced parties and firms to rebuild or repair the mauled highways and normal roads. I wonder that in the United States where merit, competence and expertise is the touchstone in services, such a studied negligence is being shown towards providing good roads between the cities and within the cities.

It would be preferable if various parties and surveyors can be employed or hired to check all the roads and highways to locate and identify and report defects of unevenness, jagged surface and potholes can be identified Besides the edges and linings of the roads needs to be straightened and leveled. At countless places the big and small roads need to have straight and even-leveled side lines. We have experienced that while exiting or entering, the vehicles go astray and fall from one surface to another because of variation in level of surface between them. Thus, a kind of upwards or downwards jerk is experienced which are certainly unpleasant and irritating and can cause accidents.

The city, and the county administrations and the municipalities charge various kinds of taxes and fees for a variety services such as the civic and municipal comforts and good roads. The taxes and duties can be increased provided the level of facilities like providing hassle-free roads are provided and streamlined for smooth traveling.

In this regard dire and immediate attention should be given to the jumbled-up and narrow roads in the so-called down towns where traveling and driving is nothing short of a nightmare at day time. The citizens have to come to these Down-Towns for a variety of pressing chores, particularly those who have to attend the court hearing and attend other offices for a variety of chores and unavoidable tasks.  The downtown of Dallas Texas and that of Fort Worth are awful examples of the difficulties that the commuters come across every day.