As I took the two hour trip to New Hampshire for the company retreat, I couldn't help but think that my poor car was going to destruct from all of the potholes I was hitting. There are holes the size of Volvos on Route Two, and it told me just how horrible our roads are and what needs to be done to fix them.
As I previously stated, I was opposed to a gas tax to repair the roads, but now I am starting to think it is the only thing we can do. Yes, gas prices have gone back to the point of being ridiculously high, but I think things need to be put into perspective. I have a 12 gallon tank, a four cent per gallon gas tax will only add 50 cents a tank to my tab. Usually I fill my tank about six times a month, so it ends up to be an additional three bucks; over the course of a year that is $36.00 or so. Now working in radio, I don't get paid much, but if this is what it takes to get the roads fixed, I am willing to do it.
For those who have travelled down in Chelsea and Randolph, you may know what it is like to drive on the East Randolph Road. Man alive, that thing looks like it hasn't had a construction crew on the thing since the Pony Express came through. There are MASSIVE frost heaves, and there are holes in the road that take up an entire lane. The entire road from Chelsea into Randolph is like dodging mines in a minefield.....If you hit a big one, your car will go boom.
I know we all pay a fortune at the pump, but something has to be done. I will kick out my extra three bucks a month, and have the hope that I will actually be able to drive a Vermont road without fearing my car will become a bucket of bolts the next time I hit one of those Volvo sized potholes.