A bumpy ride back to the future

| July 19, 2010

You know it’s been happening, and now the Wall Street Journal has noticed so maybe the rest of the country will notice.

Here’s part of the introduction to the paper’s story today:

Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue.

I have been arguing for some time that, stimulus notwithstanding, a shortage of funds and the lack of a six-year highway bill are factors changing the way we do road business now and those changes will continue to influence the way we work for years to come. Those gravel roads will mostly stay gravel for a long, long while I would think. Well into the next boom cycle (whenever that is). So heck out the gravel roads story from the WSJ.

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