The city was supposed to replace the alley behind my house last month.
Got a letter today that it won't be done until next year because of a
No big deal but I never knew there was a shortage of cement.
Gas crisis all over again?
Thanks for refreshing my memory...
I did read about China using the most cement.
OTOH: The alley has needing paving for 15 years , another few months are
not going to make any difference...plus it now will be going on my 2016
taxes and not 2015
The US produced 95 million metric tons in 2007. It dipped to 64 million
in 2009 and has crept up to 77 million in 2013. Transportation
bottlenecks have created a shortage in the Great Lakes Region while
production facilities sit full.
It is Obama's fault. Demand for cement was way down during the recession
and producers cut back. The economic recovery caused by Obama's policies
increased demand for cement and led to the current shortage.
Thanks a lot Obama.
Being in Wisconsin with huge temperature variations, concrete makes sense.
as cold as -20F in the winter and as hot as 100F in the summer
Originally the alley was just "pavers" which were later blacktopped
over. In the 35 years I've lived here it's never been repaved and now it
really needs it.
SW PA here, not that big a difference in temp extremes. I suspect you
just live in a higher rent district than I do.
They think nothing of doing a tar and chip job on main streets here.
PA the land of taxes and no results!
> seen, all over the USA, has used blacktop materials.
I wish that were true. I just finished having to deal with the City of
Winnipeg Water and Waste Department always putting my garbage dumpster
in the wrong place.
You see, when I had my parking lot repaved in 2013, I had a 5 foot wide
by 38 foot long strip paved with concrete instead of asphalt because the
garbage trucks that pick up and empty those dumpsters are too heavy for
the asphalt and would leave a deep rut from their tires.
The garbage dumpster was at the end of that strip of concrete, and the
monkey driving that garbage truck kept presuming that the concrete strip
was part of the back lane. So, he kept putting the dumpster down at
what he thought was the edge of my property, or where the asphalt meets
I ended up having to phone the head of the Water and Waste Department
and he came out to look for himself. I showed him that the truck driver
should be able to see over the dumpster and should see that on the other
side of the dumpster there's asphalt, not concrete. That meant that the
dumpster was at the end of MY concrete strip, not on the concrete back
I hope that's going to do some good because I've been pushing the
dumpster back into place for months now with the front bumper of my car.
It's a 3 cubic meter dumpster and I expect it weighs 600 or 700 pounds,
so I can't really move it any way except by pushing it into place with
If back lanes are paved with asphalt in the USA, then what happens at
the ends of those back lanes where you have an apartment block or a
business with a garbage dumpster? Those trucks leave deep ruts in the
asphalt because of their tremendous weight. The city or municipality
would have to keep repairing the ruts left by their garbage trucks, and
that would get more expensive than just paving the back lanes with
concrete to begin with.
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