Last week I had a bit of a run on road trips. On Thursday, I headed down to Arlington to catch Opening Day for the Texas Rangers, then over the weekend, it was off to Lubbock for one of my son's baseball tournaments.

The road trip to and from Arlington, while long, was nice and smooth aside from fighting a little bit of wind. I know, surprise surprise.

However, even though that 5 1/2 hour trip each way was longer than the trip to and from Lubbock, it was a heck of a lot smoother and enjoyable.

No, it had nothing to do with the company I was with on that trip. I cherish my time with my kids, especially when I get that one on one time with them. The roads between here and Lubbock are just a flat-out mess, and something needs to be done about it.

The drive was relatively smooth until we got through Happy, then it just got messy.

You could tell there were areas that they had repaved, but it just felt like the wrong spots were done. If it's a touch bumpy when you're going straight, I have no problem with that. It's when you get into those long, sweeping turns that curve.

If I'm turning the car, I don't want to have to contend with potholes, big cracks in the road, etc. It throws the car around and I'm already trying to navigate the turn. I imagine there are quite a few unnecessary accidents that happen on I-27 headed to and from Lubbock.

Don't even get me started on the road debris that's out there as well. Shards of metal, blown tires that came off semi trucks, etc. We saw all of those things, and if I wasn't paying attention to what was ON the road, we would've encountered numerous problems.

I don't know what TDOT is told to fix and when, but I'm telling you these potholes and cracks headed to and from Lubbock should be the number one priority on their list.

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