The Daily Outrage: Broke counties in several states turn to outdated road covering 

WHAT: Dust-blowing, noisy, tire-crunching gravel roads — once thought of as outmoded and inferior — are making a comeback in dozens of cash-strapped rural counties in Maine, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Hundreds of miles of cracked and pothole-riddled asphalt roads have been converted back to gravel to cut repair costs.

WHY: Studies say gravel is cost-effective when daily traffic averages 200 vehicles or less. It’s cheaper to maintain than asphalt because it adequately covers potholes and mud by just getting dumped over it.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE: New technology is said to let asphalt be recycled into durable, gravel-like particles for a roadway that delivers a better motoring experience than old-fashioned gravel.

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