The Daily Outrage: Broke counties in several states turn to outdated road covering 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

About The Author

Staff Report

Staff Report

A daily newspaper covering San Francisco, San Mateo County and serving Alameda, Marin and Santa Clara counties.
Pin It

Speaking of Opinion

More by Staff Report

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018


Most Popular Stories

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation