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Counties Turning Asphalt Back to Gravel as Rising Materials Costs Hamper Road Maintenance

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ANNALS OF DUBIOUS PROGRESS
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We are going back to the Stone Age. Literally. From NACO (National Association of Counties):
Several counties across the country are going back to the Stone Age — turning asphalt roads back to gravel, or considering doing so — as rising costs outstrip their ability to maintain their pavements.

Counties in Iowa, Michigan, California and South Dakota are among those that have decided either to stop maintaining a percentage of their asphalt roads or to pulverize some paved roads and downgrade them to gravel.

Naturally, California is home to some of the hardest-hit counties. Sonoma County, for example, based on annual projected revenues can only afford to budget $5 million to maintain all the county's roads. But estimates project the cost of maintenance at 11 times that, or $55 million.
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