It starts as a simple act of pragmatism, and maybe one of ingenuity; but, American towns are improving roads by removing them. It is becoming so common that the news doesn’t mention it, towns that can’t afford to repair paved roads are returning to gravel. Aside from the positive and negative impacts of gravel (that’s natural but dusty) versus concrete and asphalt (which pollute more but are better surfaces), returning to gravel is a retreat inspired by insufficient finances.
“the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the country’s roads a D grade” – Wired
Signs of an improving economy would suggest an improving infrastructure; but evidently that’s not the case in rural areas. More than half the states in the United States have unpaved roads. While that may be an affordable option for roads, such options aren’t as readily available for other types of infrastructure like bridges, dams, and levees. There an F truly can mean failure in a very real sense.
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