LAS VEGAS - A driver says he experiences annoying bumps when driving on I-215, even though crews recently resurfaced the road.
The diagonal grooves are approximately four inches wide and occur every 20 yards. Traffic officials say every lane mile of this rubberized resurfacing was filled with scrap tires. That is supposed to reduce cracking, resist rutting and create a quieter commute.
County representatives say the grooves are bridge joints. They are the same joints that were used on the bridge before resurfacing. The rubberized pavement has made the overall ride smoother and quieter ride, so drivers may notice the bridge joints more than they did before.
Since the bridge joints are designed to adjust to temperature changes, the gap is larger and, therefore, more noticeable during winter months.
During the summer months, those bumps should ease, but they have a distinct purpose and are here to stay.