For decades, the roads surrounding the MSU campus have housed an unexpected source of exhilaration to shake up those all-too-predictable school days. Following two unexpected flats, a spilled McCafe Frappe and countless cases of veer-induced carpal tunnel, on behalf of all those adrenaline junkies out there: Let’s give a round of applause to those wonderful potholes. Seriously, thank you.
While potholes currently plague the entire city of Bozeman following a season of record lows, the roads of the MSU campus store a particular element of excitement.
Located between the stadium and the SUB, the intersection of 11th and Grant has traditionally experienced some of the greatest traffic levels on the MSU campus. What better place to shake up an afternoon?
According to Bo Zeman, city representative, the online report-a-pothole site currently receives 10 to 15 daily reports. Clearly, Bozemanites are excited!
And the excitement has carried over to the MSU campus.
“That pothole was as deep as my tire!” Exclaimed Joseph from Lyft while driving through the 11th and Grant intersection this past Thursday. “I’ve been driving this intersection for years now; the bumpy road conditions really add some zing to a slower night.”
The city tries to repair potholes within the week following a report, according to Zeman. However, the streets running through the MSU campus fall under the responsibility of the university. While city crews often try to aid the university in street restoration, this year has proven busier than usual for Bozeman street workers.
Rather than fully repair the holes present on 11th and Grant, the university has opted to instead haphazardly fill them with gravel. This way, drivers don’t lose out on the adrenaline rush that goes along with thumping to the pit of a hole that appeared to have been filled.
“The university will keep pretending that gravel works as a good replacement for crater-sized holes,” wrote MSU spokesperson TB Newsdays.
“Maybe we’ll fix it after graduation, but we’ll probably just funnel more money into administrator paychecks,” Newsdays continued, sure that those attending the graduation ceremonies this May will appreciate the university’s decision to wait on further repairs.
Why take the time to fill the potholes during, say, spring break, when campus experienced little disruptive traffic? I think we can all agree that MSU students — and Bozemanites in general — would come to miss those added jolts.