Do Commuter Tax Benefits and Low Gas Taxes Create More Potholes?

Posted by in Uncategorized

It’s more than just a pun to say that federal policies toward transportation, road maintenance and conservation are moving targets. As we head into 2015, there are many variables regarding parking subsidies and gas taxes that are at odds with each other. At the top of the news is the price of gas, dipping below $2.00/gallon at mid-December 2014in some locales with a national average around $2.75/gallon. For most of us, that’s great news. Not only is it cheaper to drive – gasoline analysts say American motorists are cumulatively saving $250…read more

0

Less Driving = Stop Building New Roads?

Posted by in Uncategorized

A national research organization argues that automotive trends – vehicle miles traveled per capita, car ownership rates and drivers licenses – are in recession, and that plans to build new highways should be scrapped. Instead, researchers recommend repairing the roads we have, fill the potholes and support alternative means of transportation. Are they right? The answer might be as mixed as the United States is diverse. Indeed, as a group younger people are driving less and opting to live in cities where they have car ownership alternatives, such as public…read more

0

Freeze-Thaw Cycles: Expansions and Contractions Cause Potholes

Posted by in Uncategorized

It might seem that the extremes of weather – the “polar vortex” freeze in the U.S. and Canada during the winter of 2014, or the triple-digit temp heat waves in the American southwest regions in recent summers – might cause the most damage to asphalt and pavement. But in fact it is the oscillations above and below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) that are the primary culprit in creating potholes. The science of freeze-thaw cycles and its effects are fairly simple. When water freezes it expands, technically referred to…read more

0

Swimming in Ireland’s Biggest Pothole

Posted by in Pothole Videos on Pothole.info

0

Millennials Buying Fewer Cars – But That Doesn’t Mean Abandon the Roads

Posted by in Uncategorized

A 2014 survey by the WISPIRG Foundation – Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group – found that shifting attitudes about transportation and car ownership are having an effect on where the Millennial generation chooses to live and work.  In effect, the study shows younger adults want transportation options beyond cars and highways – and that Wisconsin is failing in this respect. Instead, the state is building more and bigger highways, a single-mode transportation choice – missing out on how Millennials want options that include walking, public transportation and bicycling – things…read more

0