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    Concrete "Grooves"/Road Engineers?

    This may be a silly inquiry, but I have often wondered why parts of many concrete road surfaces contain a groove which usually waves back and forth along my direction of travel, from one side of the lane to the other. The groove may last for a mile or two, or sometimes several miles, then it may stop. I don't notice them while driving my car, but they are aggravating on a bike, and when a groove seems particularly deep I find myself riding from one side of the lane to the other, trying to avoid running over, or along, the groove. I couldn't find a thread on the subject on this site nor could I find an answer from a Google search. Are there any road construction/engineer types who could tell me why these "semi ruts" exist?

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    Re: Concrete "Grooves"/Road Engineers?

    I'm guessing it's either there just to annoy, irritate, and injure us... Or maybe to remind us that we should be out in the twisties!
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    Re: Concrete "Grooves"/Road Engineers?

    grooves are cut in trouble areas when the water from rain and snow does not drain properly,actually making it safer for us, I know it is a problem but bear with us and just ride safe
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    Re: Concrete "Grooves"/Road Engineers?

    Then why aren't they cut in a transverse direction to allow water to drain to the sides? Granted, noise would then be a problem, but not if the spacing is not symmetrical (like lugs on most small truck tires are sized differently) to avoid the harmonics.
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    Re: Concrete "Grooves"/Road Engineers?

    I'm guessing transverse grooves would increase the effects of hydroplaning, while the common grooves reduce it.

    Just my 2¢ (hehehe, just figured out--and remembered--how to do that!)

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