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Installing Vertical Seams on Our Roads Promotes Better Health, Wellness and Safety for All Users

Deteriorating, bubbling horizontal seams create stress, needless wear and tear and cause injuries and accidents

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While we ride and commute in the summertime at higher levels, we see improvements and mistakes in road infrastructure planning and implementation.

Regular commenting based on year's of authoring experience to decision makers improves conditions, health and wellness for many.

For example, there is a growing body of national and international research that shows roads with softer, vertical seams, or longitudinal joints, as pictured below, are safer and promote better health and wellness among all road users, including growing numbers of bicyclists and other non-motorized, eTransportation users.

According to the most recent Federal Highway Administration study, 18 percent of accidents involve these users although only 1 percent of government spending addresses our health and safety issues.

Regularly riding with brief cases or other loads over the old, poorly planned horizontal bubbling seams as shown in the second, lower photo, causes undo jarring stress to bones, joints and ligaments as well as needless wear and tear to equipment that causes unnecessarily damage and injury as well as safety issues, including accidents, due to poor, outdated infrastructure planning and implementation.

Sleepy, status quo planners that are no longer current need to be required to complete professional certifications, e.g., to not only ensure more vertical seams are planned and implemented starting now with ongoing seasonal construction and repairs at their peaks in the summer time but also environmentally friendly and sustainable materials are included in our roads, including recycled plastics where cost competitive for more durability and a smoother ride as well.

Too many new road projects are repeating old mistakes as the federal government passes on more authority and responsibility to states that lack professional knowledge, experience and know-now to implement modern, contemporary infrastructure projects with an understanding that our roads are used by more than heavier, internal combustion engines in changing climate.

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