I didn't realize I was going to make this award, but after driving through Coeur d'Alene yesterday, Sherman Avenue has received the first annual Winter of 2008 Worst Winter Road Award.
Yesterday I had a meeting at North Idaho College, and got into Coeur d'Alene a little early, so I decided to drive through downtown Coeur d'Alene. Bad idea.
The road was snow packed and icy all the way, with a large snow berm down the center of the road.
The worst part was driving along, not fast at all, with my rig in four wheel drive, and, as I was approaching an intersection the light turned red. As I put on my brakes, I didn't stop, and went sailing through the intersection. Thank goodness everyone around was being cautious. (I really didn't need to have another wreck this season.)
So I creeped down Sherman Avenue, wondering the whole time why the main street through downtown Coeur d'Alene was so poorly maintained during this hard, hard winter we are experiencing?
Last Friday I drove to Spokane and none of the roads were as bad.
On Monday, I drove to Desmet, and none of the roads were as bad.
Even Kellogg has maintained their frequently traveled roads better than the frequently traveled Sherman Avenue. (Now our subdivision roads, that is a whole other story, but it isn't frequently traveled, so it doesn't count.)
So, hats off to you, Sherman Avenue. I'm not sure you are proud of the distinction, but it is yours none the less.