The other day while waiting for a bus on the busy four-lane road called near Klong Toey in Bangkok, I saw an interesting sight.
Firstly on the way to the bus stop I stopped to get a drink from a local drink and snack vendor and saw a few men ripping open a couple of orange bags and tipping the contents on the street. On closer inspection I saw the bags had the word ‘Asphalt’ on the outside and the contents were indeed a combination of tar and stones (ie. Asphalt). They had tipped the contents into a hole in the road and pushed it around a bit and walked off. Not forgetting to take a few photos of their handiwork before leaving.
I thought this was quite interesting and I wondered if there were going to do more but nope, a big Pepsi trunk came a long and drove over the new asphalt compressing it a bit. Job done!
Then while at the bus stop I see a truck drive up with about 5 men walking behind, dressed casually with sandals and socks and carrying rakes and shovels.
The truck pours out a pile of tar and stones and the guys set to work.
Pushing the asphalt around, filling in the pot hole.
Tidying it up a little bit so it looks a little square.
Then less than 5 minutes later they are gone and have left behind is a pile of slightly smoothed over asphalt. With cars driving through it within seconds, flicking stones everywhere.
Then onto the next patch a little way up the street.
It is definitely the quickest roadworks I’ve ever seen. I’m a bit hesitant about it’s longevity though!