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Trucks behaving badly on area roads this morning

Massachusetts State Police tweet Watertown Square is a mess this morning thanks to a truck that brought down trackless-trolley wires.

The Staties add the ramp from 128 north to 95 north in Peabody is literally a mess - and shut down - thanks to a tractor trailer that overturned and spilled its load of ink cartridges, giving the road surface some new coloration. Photo.

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have apparently abandoned trying to clean up the ink and are just going to tear up part of the roadway and repave it overnight.

So looks like the ramp will be out of service until tomorrow morning.

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...a huge blotter?

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Massachusetts has been using on their Interstates for the past several years is relatively coarse, with lots of voids under the surface. It's known in the trade as "Graded friction course".

The benefit of this type of pavement is that it allows water to easily drain during rainstorms - cross over from Attleboro into Pawtucket on I-95 on a rainy day, and you'll immediately notice a change in the amount of standing water on the road surface - Rhode Island doesn't use "graded friction course" pavement on their Interstates.

The industrial ink that spilled this morning, although not toxic or otherwise an environmental threat, is still a very thick and slippery substance that doesn't evaporate easily. Therefore, it is logical to assume that, once the ink became trapped in this coarse and void-filled pavement, it couldn't be removed by conventional means (i.e. the "use sand or kitty litter as a huge blotter and soak it up" method).

Leaving the ink-soaked pavement "as-is" would render the drainage capabilites of the pavement ineffective, resulting in a road surface that can't drain water and is also slippery because of the trapped ink that can't easily evaporate.

Given this, IMO, digging up the pavement and replacing it is actually a logical and rational course of action. And it's only 500 feet of roadway - think of it as patching a very large pothole. Let's just hope they can get the work done before it starts raining (or snowing) late this evening.

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The State Police will be working overtime to pin this on Shepard Fairey.

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so much for the remake of "Movin' On" starring Charile Sheen. Now if they had let the double drive the truck instead ......

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