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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Will Michigan Voters Decide to Pay More for Infrastructure?

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On May 5, 2015 voters in the state of Michigan will have the opportunity to raise their taxes – all in the interest of better roads, bridges and public transport. And unlike most referenda that fail at this, advocates for the measure believe this may be the exception. Proposal 1 is a binding vote to amend the state constitution, adding $1.25 billion per year for state and local road maintenance and $116 million annually for mass transit. Additional money would go to schools and cities. The money would be raised…read more

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“Infrastructure – if anything exciting happens, we’ve done it wrong.”

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Sometimes humor is the best teacher. So thanks to HBO-TV’s John Oliver, host of the comedy show “Last Week Tonight,” the topic of infrastructure may finally find some students. As this March 2015 clip explains, via Oliver’s satirical quips, infrastructure isn’t sexy. Especially the repair part, where potholes are filled and cracked bridge buttresses are repaired. These are the essential public works projects that don’t get ribbon cuttings. Consequently, we know it’s a growing problem and yet we can’t seem to find the funding to make timely, even life-saving repairs….read more

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