Saturday, July 04, 2009


US Highway Maintenance Begins to Slide

Last month we learned that states are cutting back on mowing highway shoulders and median strips. Of course a considerable amount of fuel is consumed by all those mowers. This is another sign that road maintenance in the US is beginning to fall by the wayside, so to speak.

This more recent story informs us of yet another cutback that is even more symbolic of what is coming: Virginia is shutting down highway rest stops. It is highly doubtful that these rest areas will be reopened, and highly probable that this is just the beginning of further such closings.

Of course, it is not only the US where traffic infrastructure is beginning to crumble. Another recent press report informs us that thousands of stress fractures have been discovered in Tokyo’s expressways.

Cheap oil giveth, and expensive oil taketh away.

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