28 March 2008
On the rocks
Some Michigan transportation officials, their budgets squeezed, shrunk, and then squeezed some more, have noted with sorrow that today you can't tell their asphalt from a hole in the road, and have come up with a brand-new, really old approach: forget the pavement, bring on the gravel. It's already happening in some parts of the Mitten:
Workers [in Kent County] recently pulverized portions of four roads. They'll remain as gravel for a few months despite traffic volumes of 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles per day, said Jerry Byrne, director of maintenance for the Kent County Road Commission.
"It's safer," he said, "and it's a better ride."
And after all, what choice do they have?
[T]he state Department of Transportation estimates it needs to come up with an extra $320 million a year just to maintain state-managed roads, and many county-level officials around the state have noted that a number of their roads simply go unrepaired.
I don't know how well this would work in Oklahoma, but I can think of several roads to which I'd like to take a very large sledgehammer, just out of spite.
(Via Autoblog.)Posted at 6:54 AM to Driver's Seat