Fix Existing Roads vs. Build New: All Positions Considered

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The question on how to fix America’s existing roadways creates strange political bedfellows. Fiscal conservatives are arguing the same thing as environmental conservationists – that fixing crumbling roads makes more sense than building new ones. Part of the reason why is that people simply are driving less than in the past. Environmentalists in the Midwest are cheering the decision of newly elected Illinois Governor (R) Bruce Rauner for cancelling the Illiana Expressway, a proposed 47-mile link between two interstates (I-65 in Indiana and I-55 in Illinois). Costs for the project…read more

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Texas Floods Lead to Texas-Size Potholes

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In late May 2015 Texas received enough rainfall to cover the entire state in eight inches of water. Together with the equally saturated state of Oklahoma, it was the Lone Star State’s wettest single month on record. The Oklahoma Climatological Survey said the overall May recorded rainfall was 14.40 inches, by far eclipsing the state’s previous record of 10.75 inches set in October 1941. The rainfall, which spread over ten days, resulted in floods that caused $1 billion in property loss claims and another $3 billion in economic losses. At…read more

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California rectifies recession-neglected road repairs

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There’s a big push to repair roads and streets in California, much-needed highway maintenance that was put off in the recent economic downturn. It’s a story of righting some fiscal wrongs and opting for long-term solutions ­– fixing pavement so Golden State motorists have fewer car repairs to tend to and business can move along at a faster clip. Appropriately enough, the state capital is where some of the most aggressive repair work is underway in the spring of 2015. That’s in Sacramento County, where road crews are filling up to…read more

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Pothole Primer: How to avoid and recognize car damage

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To mark the first World Pothole Day (March 25, 2015), Pothole.info shares with readers two important categories of advice: How to prevent pothole damage on vehicles, and to recognize damage that needs to be fixed. But this is about more than car damage – one-third of the 33,000 traffic deaths in the U.S. each year can be attributed in part to poor road conditions. For those lucky enough to escape without injury, a pothole-related incident can cost hundreds of dollars, sometimes more, to the motorist. It saves money and lives…read more

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UK’s Mr. Pothole a Vivid Campaigner

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American motorists should know that pothole problems are not limited to the United States. Pavement is pavement, all over the world, as well as the inevitable potholes. Enough so that in the United Kingdom there is Mr. Pothole, who self describes as “the National Pothole Campaigner in the UK.” Mr. Pothole (a.k.a. Mark Morrell) tours the country, works his messages through social media, and is an organizer of National Pothole Day in the UK. Held on January 15, 2015, the program helped launch a reporting app that engages citizens in…read more

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