While there may not be much we can do about all the trucks rumbling up and down Bluemound Road, we can try to keep them off our side streets. It's also interesting to see what kind of damage those trucks are causing.

Research I have read indicates that a full dump truck will weigh in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds, which is similar to a full 18-wheeler. This weight varies depending on material, but lets just assume each full truck is 40 tons, or 20 times heavier than a car. It seems logical that the truck equals 20 cars. However, wear and tear on roads is measured exponentially, which means the one truck is equal to 9,600 cars. I had to look that up for confirmation, but it appears to be accurate. This means that even while Bluemound seems relatively empty right now, each truck is doing the damage of a rush hour of cars, not to mention what happens to our side streets if a full load comes our way.

This also means that a car weighing 4,000 is roughly the same amount worse for our roads than a bike and rider weighing 200 pounds, which means one car is equal to over 9000 bikes on the road. Makes you think a bit. It also makes you wonder about who should be paying for roads and how, and whether or not Wisconsin Avenue should be bikes only as was floated back in the 1990s. 

The one day that we had 20 documented trucks and probably closer to 40 (because we stopped paying attention) on 93rd Street was equal to having 190,000 to 380,000 cars passing our houses in one day. How many years did that shave off the useful life of the road? And consider that Bluemound is getting this kind of traffic daily.

I was actually a little surprised that at least one state has decided that trains make more sense than trucks because of all the road damage. (Be aware that many states conducted studies back in the 1950s about whether to build an interstate highway system, and those studies always resulted in states deciding highways were too expensive.) Wisconsin will be dealing with record road construction bills and diminishing gas tax revenue, so we may have some decisions to make , too. However, let's hope those decisions come after the Zoo Interchange is done and Bluemound Road is resurfaced. 

Wikilink

Pennies From Heaven AKA Welfare for Writers

The reason why we have ads on this page is because that's one way writers make money online. Your presence on this site right now might make a penny for our family. Clicking on an ad might get us closer to $.50. Buying something online as a result of clicking on a link can make us a few dollars. We will not get rich from this money, but every penny helps out. Every like or share or repost or follow. Please, make a donation to our family by clicking. OR join the site and get unlimited access to all my writing. Maybe a chance to appear in a book or poem.

Random Material

Etiquette of Selling Girl Scout Cookies - A Guide

I’d love to address the etiquette Read More

Our Sixth Valentine’s Day

From Brian to Lisa, with love! Read More

Fiscal Cliff No Longer Welcome at Cheers

Cliff Clavin, longtime patron of Cheers Read More

Drupal Mess Up

I’m that guy who showed up Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53
  • 54
  • 55
  • 56
  • 57
  • 58
  • 59
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80
  • 81
  • 82
  • 83
  • 84
  • 85
  • 86
  • 87
  • 88
  • 89
  • 90
  • 91
  • 92
  • 93
  • 94
  • 95
  • 96
  • 97
  • 98
  • 99
  • 100
  • 101
  • 102
  • 103
  • 104
  • 105
  • 106
  • 107
  • 108
  • 109
  • 110
  • 111
  • 112
  • 113
  • 114
  • 115
  • 116
  • 117
  • 118
  • 119
  • 120
  • 121
  • 122
  • 123
  • 124
  • 125
  • 126
  • 127
  • 128
  • 129
  • 130
  • 131
  • 132
  • 133
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 139
  • 140
  • 141
  • 142
  • 143
  • 144
  • 145
  • 146
  • 147
  • 148
  • 149
  • 150
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154
  • 155
  • 156

Designed by Passive Ninja

Copyright McNewsy