Lurches on Lockwood

Friday, September 25, 2009

Goodie_post_grayI’m almost taking them for granted—almost.

Except there’s this one bump, particularly in the left lane, about a quarter mile after you turn onto Lockwood coming from the Ashley River Bridge, right before the overpass.

That thing is like one of those equestrian jumps (what kind of word is ‘equestrian’ anyway?) where the horse, instead of going as fast as possible to get over it, has to stop right in front so as to get sufficiently up and then over. You know, the ones where the horse usually knocks all the poles onto the ground. Which is exactly how it feels in my car—like I’m crashing into something.

And it’s not just my ‘89 Volvo sedan I’m talking about here. That bump should have been fixed long ago, before the road started to feel like an icy bobsled course.

right before the equestrian jump on Lockwood

right before the equestrian jump on Lockwood

Don’t any city employees drive that way? A serious hazard, that’s what that thing is.

And yes, there are others. Like the one coming off the connector ramp, just before you merge onto Lockwood. A little ski jump, this one. Followed by a series of challenging bumps that you have to dodge left, then right, then left again before swinging your jolly way into traffic (how come there’s no “speed humpS” sign here?).

And, of course, there’s the ‘big’ jump, where new-concrete-roadway transitions to paved-landfill. This one’s a challenge traveling both directions. Drivers typically either slow down out of fear or speed up to see just how far they can get off the ground. Whooha!

another good landing

another good landing heading east

Hattie thinks the shock-absorber companies round town are in on all this. I’m not sure. But I stood there for a good 30 minutes and I definitely saw a WHOLE bunch of tax money falling into that big crack. •

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