Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder,Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@glavnnovosti
This is the moment bungling Russian road workers spread asphalt on top of freshly laid snow which will mean it will crack and cause potholes when it melts.
The bizarre incident took place at night in the city of Vologda in the north-western Russian region of Vologda Oblast, and the footage was later posted on social media where it has been viewed over 90,000 times.
In the video, a group of construction workers is seen dutifully carrying out their work as asphalt appears to be poured on top of the snowy surface.
According to reports, local laws allow for asphalt to be laid during heavy rains and snowfalls, however the area in the footage should have been cleared properly beforehand.
Asphalt laid on uncleared frozen ground often leads to potholes and cracks after the snow melts as it is unable to set properly.
Social media user ‘Nastia’ said: “That is just so stupid.”
An anonymous netizen commented: “I bet the asphalt sticks to the ground better with snow as a middle-layer…”
‘Ushkuysk Moskovii’ wrote: “I think we really need to take a hard look at where and how taxpayers’ money is being spent in various regions.”
Vologda has a unique location connecting the cities of Moscow and Novgorod with the White Sea, and is considered an important waterway connector.
A considerable part of the city population is made up of government officials and civil servants of different levels.
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