Who put the bumps in my country road?

I just got home from a short motorcycle ride that took me down Cane Creek road in Arden/Fletcher. I'm sure much has been said about whatever black rubbery substance has been purposely splattered all over the asphalt, but this issue can't be beaten to death yet.

Roads are supposed to be smooth, safe and even pretty. Who among us can't identify with the function and romance of a nice country road? Well, whoever approved the application of whatever the hell this stuff is should be relieved of road work duty, 'cause he used our tax dollars to all but ruin a great road. Does one need to have a highway engineering degree to figure out that you should not paint bumpy, ugly goo all over a public road? Really?

If anyone but a highly paid public official decided to go out and paint whatever he wished on public property, to the detriment of that property and the citizens who utilize it, he'd be charged with vandalism or destruction. Is this project's decision maker still drawing a paycheck while we suffer 8-percent unemployment? I'm out of work. If Buncome County or the DOT needs roads wrecked, I'll do it for half of what they pay the guy doing it now.

— Norman Plombe
Asheville

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