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Posted: 6/15/2009 11:44:32 AM EST
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.


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This type of thing is sure to become more widespread as .gov revenues fall. It almost feels like we're watching America fade into history.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 11:45:50 AM EST
Man, its even the exact same title.

dupe
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 11:45:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dave_Markowitz:
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.

This type of thing is sure to become more widespread as .gov revenues fall. It almost feels like we're watching America fade into history.


dupe
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 11:46:56 AM EST
I drive 4 miles down a gravel road to get to my cabin.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 1:21:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
I drive 4 miles down a gravel road to get to my cabin.


2 miles here and my property isn't too far from Montcalm Co.
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