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Posted: 6/15/2009 6:04:25 PM EST
Rural Mich. counties turn failing roads to gravel

June 12, 2009 - 4:43 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some Michigan counties have turned a few once-paved rural roads back to gravel to save money.

More than 20 of the state's 83 counties have reverted deteriorating paved roads to gravel in the last few years, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. The counties are struggling with their budgets because tax revenues have declined in the lingering recession.

Montcalm County converted nearly 10 miles of primary road to gravel this spring.

The county estimates it takes about $10,000 to grind up a mile of pavement and put down gravel. It takes more than $100,000 to repave a mile of road.

Reverting to gravel has happened in a few other states but it is most typical in Michigan. At least 50 miles have been reverted in the state in the past three years.

Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:09:40 PM EST
The guy from Dumb and Dumber made it sound like a great place.

Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:13:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/15/2009 6:14:18 PM EST by omega62]
Ohio is not far behind Michigan in slipping into Third World status.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:14:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:15:35 PM EST
dupe a llupe
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:20:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/15/2009 6:20:48 PM EST by Zach556]
dupe... and good.

I enjoy gravel roads.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:38:02 PM EST
Jesus X. Christ! I haven't come up with a non-dupetastic thread YET in GD!
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:39:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/15/2009 6:39:29 PM EST by omega62]
Originally Posted By 6point5mm:
Jesus X. Christ! I haven't come up with a non-dupetastic thread YET in GD!

Don't feel bad. I managed two accidental dupes in a single night once. It is VERY hard to be first-to-post with an original topic in this place.

Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:44:00 PM EST
When I lived on gravel, they graded it every day. How much does that cost?
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 6:44:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 8:44:57 PM EST
Dont they realise what theyre doing? Theyre providing free assault ammo for every sling shot in the state.
Detroit will be overrun with crime.
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