Why Are Folks Tying Big, Long Sticks to Guardrails Up in the County?
There are several cool things about driving up North.
All one has to do is take a drive in southern Maine, and you will be agitated beyond belief. Between all the historically bad drivers from other parts of New England, you also get to enjoy all the local jerks that drive ten times worse because of the aggravating tourists. Tourists bring out the worst in Maine drivers, for sure.
But once you start heading north and past Old Town-ish, the speed limit goes up to 75mph, and the traffic spreads out quite nicely. You can set a nice uppity speed on your cruise control and get wherever you're headed in no time. It's truly my favorite part of taking any trips up north. It's nothing but sweet, peaceful driving.
That said, what's up with branches being tied to guardrails up in the County?
I saw this post on Reddit, and haven't actually seen it with my own eyes, but pretty much all the comments on the thread pointed to one reason those sticks are there. Think you know what they're for? Just fast forward your brain about 6 more months, and you can probably guess...
According to almost all the comments, they tie the branches to the guardrails so that the snow plow drivers know where the ends of the guardrails are during a storm. Now, I'm sure a town could purchase specific items made to do just this very job, but Yankee ingenuity is obviously taking the reins here.
Why pay for something, and probably pay a lot, when you can literally pick it up off the side of the road for free? And if it gets damaged? BOOM! Just grab another branch and tie it up. It's not likely the county will run out of branches by the side of the road, right? So there's your very simple explanation to what would otherwise seem kinda weird.