The Slightly Sarcastic Message on This Traffic Sign in Windham, Maine, Made Me Laugh
There's nothing better than driving on a freshly-paved road. Paving crews are busy all summer long, laying down fresh pavement on those roads in New England that could really use it.
The winter months can wreak havoc on roads with frost heaves lifting the road surface as water freezes under the pavement. Potholes are formed when water weakens the soil beneath the pavement and the spot gets broken by traffic, creating a hole that can do some damage to your car if you're not careful.
We may have to sit in one-lane traffic for a while during the summer as paving crews do what they do, but when they're done, that freshly-paved road feels like slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes. Your car almost feels like it's gliding over that fresh pavement, and before you know it, you're going a lot faster than you thought you were. With no blemishes in the road, you unconsciously end up going faster than you should be.
Pope Road in Windham is one of those roads that has recently been repaved. It runs for about four miles from Roosevelt Trail to Windham Center Road, and drivers are enjoying the smooth ride. Some are enjoying it a little too much.
An electronic message sign has been put up at the intersection of Pope and Albion Roads to alert drivers in a sarcastic and maybe passive-aggressive way. The sign cycles between two displays to create one sentence.
I'll be honest. I found myself doing 10 mph over when I saw this sign without even realizing it, so this reminder was a clever way to get me to let up on the gas.
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