The road in front of our house, between typical winter wear and the construction going on in the neighborhood next door, has gotten pretty torn up. One spot specifically had been reduced to a pile of asphalt chunks, and our little Civics would bottom out trying to get to our house. It had gotten pretty bad.
And then! A road crew showed up! and filled in the holes in the road with dirt!
Note the pieces of asphalt pushed to the right, and the dirt used to smooth the surface.
And, we waited for the road crew to return, to finish the job, to pave and smooth the spot, so that the road would be more passable.
A crew returned. But they didn't pave the road. What did they do instead?
Erected a sign.