Statewide – An unauthorized road repair initiative is underway in Maine as residents come up with a new solution to getting the state to pay attention to the wretched state of its roads.
Citizens across the state are taking the plastic shopping bags stowed under their sinks and using them to fill the potholes plaguing the highways and byways.
“Just about broke my old truck in half on a pothole in the South End,” said Rockland resident Jerry Coffen.
“I’d been up to Walmart, so I had a couple bags to the house, so I stuffed them down in there and sure enough, a lady in a Prius stopped to take a picture,” he said.
“Single use my ass.”
The deep and disastrous potholes marking Maine’s roads are the result of shifting temperatures, ordinary wear and tear, and years and years of neglect by state and local authorities.
“I figure if they’re just going to toss a couple shovels worth of asphalt in them holes and not even tamp it down, I might just as well do it myself,” said Lacey Pelletier of Auburn.
Residents of Portland have started placing vanity mirrors in potholes in hopes of attracting the attention of mayor Ethan Strimling.