Friday, July 6, 2018
What Do They Make Their Roads Of?
The British daily, The Sun, ran an article today claiming that it is so hot in Britain that "entire lorries are MELTING into the road." Sure enough, the article contains a photograph of a garbage truck sunk axle deep into a roadway, and the article indicates that the tarmac had melted. And then I saw another article of a man whose feet sunk into a street for the same reason. I was thinking to myself, "Wow! It must be some insane temperature like 130 degrees or more." But, no. The Sun article indicated that the temperatures were 33 C, which is only 91.4 F. It was 100 F when I drove home from work yesterday (which is pretty normal for this time of year), and I didn't see any trucks sunk in pavement. And it doesn't seem to be something plaguing Phoenix or Los Vegas which have even higher temperatures. So I have to ask: what do they use to make roads in England? Do they not use aggregate in their asphalt?