Demarcation takes on a whole new meaning in Road repairs. Digging holes through the road leaves a dilemma. Whoever dug the holes is libel to put it back as they found it but with no staff left in the average highways department who is left to inspect the final repair.
Trench reinstatement is the technical term, and many moons ago I worked alongside local authorities highways guys. The rule was if you cut the hole you repaired the hole to an equal if not better standard than you found it. But who does the check? Back filling the hole consisted of coating the edge with bitumen before filling and compacting the black stuff. A further rim of bitumen around the periphery of the repair sealed the patch form water ingress which could freeze and lift the whole patch.
If you look at the average patch now it will be highly unlikely you will see the bitumen seal. The repair will not define the other straight edge of the repair but a wobbly line cut out by the road drill. But look closely at the image. Blow me if this repair is smart, smooth and has the bitumen seal. Score ten. But then demarcation steps in. The repair dug out some of the “Give way” warning triangle. Our men could see the remains of the triangle and painted the bit they has damaged. As the original sign was worn we are left with the unusual form of the cautionary sign. Maybe it now means ‘give-away – if you don’t mind’!