Deferred maintenance is straining street repair budgets.
One solution: tear up the potholed pavement, put down gravel.
In Omaha, where well-off suburban streets are being removed, resentment is high, lawsuits are threatened, and the conflict appears long-term. But Omaha residents may just be the noisiest. Almost half of Michigan counties have taken some roads back to gravel. Lots of other states and towns have started doing the same.
As the country warms, heat, flooding and erosion are predicted to accelerate road damage, ballooning already-huge backlogs of road repairs. Check your City Hall or State House to see if this could be a costly effect of warming on your property’s value.