Entering Rt 376 from Diddell Road after leaving the Dutchess Rail Trail:
All of Rt 376 has thick gravel along the shoulder from the deteriorating asphalt.
The wheel-trapping longitudinal cracks on the shoulder show where the previous surface extended beyond the bottom paving layer. Basically, you must ride to the right of the edge of the “new” cap over the travel lane and left of the parallel cracks:
Sometimes, you must use the road surface. Fortunately, it’s not too bad at this spot:
But it quickly returns to normal:
In some places, the travel lane is developing longitudinal cracks, so moving off the shoulder will require taking the lane:
Chooosing your line requires the ability to ride precisely between gravel, cracks, and traffic:
I can ride along this plateau every time, but it seems unreasonable to expect that level of ability from every bicyclist:
In this spot, the potholes expose three layers of paving. The only “safe” line seems to be on the very edge of the “new” cap, just to the right of the potholes:
The “new” cap didn’t adhere to the previous asphalt very well, perhaps because the thickness dropped below the spec. I’m crossing the travel lane to reach the left turn storage lane at the New Hackensack signal, having avoided a drain grate that occupies the ever-narrowing shoulder:
A map showing the route:
[Edit: A comment from someone who shall remain anonymous:
This person has found an amusing way to get attention to potholes: he just adds a penis drawing to the pothole with spray paint.
Well, there goes my PG rating…]