The city of Cambridge has been repairing a water line on Main/ Broadway just before the Longfellow bridge (in an area I had previously reported a water leak/ ice floe). It's annoying enough that the bike lane is blocked and that the road is narrowed to a single lane, but the water line seems to be right under the bike lane, so the patched area is right in the bike lane. Sometimes they just fill the trench with gravel, and other times they have a really awful temporary patch. The patched area was really rough- so rough that when I merged over one day last week my coffee mug went flying when I hit the first bump. It doesn't help that I'm going pretty fast because I'm in the lane with cars breathing down my neck through the constriction.
An asphalt patch- possibly worse
I called the city last week to inquire about the schedule of the repairs. If the super bumpy patch was just temporary, it didn't necessarily make sense for them to fix it, but if they thought it was "permanent" it definitely needed to be fixed. They told me that it was a temporary patch, and that the project would be going on until January, and that the final patch would go down then. I told them that I was glad that it wasn't a final patch, but I that I was a bit worried that the weather would preclude a final patch before the spring, and that the current patch was dangerous for bikers.
The line seems to be right where the bike lane stripe wa
So today I rode through, and the temporary patch has ben replaced with a nice smooth patch for the portion that is "complete" I don't know if that was just part of the plan, or if they just needed to be told that the temporary patch was dangerous to bicyclists. I'm really glad that they fixed it before the project was completely over. I only hope that they can re-stripe it before the weather gets too cold.