WARNINGS   16 comments

I can’t say that I’ve ever seen any signs like this before.  What exactly is the fresh oil for? (I didn’t see any loose gravel either.)

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Posted June 19, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

16 responses to “WARNINGS

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  1. I don’t get it, but they look good! 😛

  2. I have to ask when does it become not-so-fresh-any-longer oil? Overnight? Do they top it up each day to stop it going off? Also, how do they know noone called Mark, has ever walked along that pavement?

  3. Must be a regular occurrence to have official signage! LoL

  4. Love this shot…the colours, the humour, the story….

  5. Interesting, I would love to know what fresh oil has to do with the road!

  6. Fresh oil means that the road maintenance crew is going to come along and spread oil on top of the black top road and then top it off with a coat of gravel to seal the road again. The oil “softens” the surface and allows the gravel to be worked in a bit as well as keep the oil from getting on all the vehicles. Needless to say it’s a messy process and the posted signs allow people to change their route before the process starts and then avoid the road until the excess gravel is removed. Also, some people tend to try to travel on the graveled roads as fast as they did on the bare ones and they end up in accidents because of it. This process is quite common in our rural area.

  7. Oh, yes, forgot to explain about the unmarked pavement….naturally if the road is covered with a thick coat of gravel, there will be no center lines or no passing lines marked on the roads.

  8. We have many of these black-topped asphalt roads in our area and it is always a pain in the you know what when one encounters these signs that signify a messy repair time and disruption to a person’s regular route of travel…needless to say the language isn’t too pure then (and Grandma has to watch it if grandson’s present!!!)

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