Gravel Roads and Budget Cuts

As a Classical Liberal, I have long been accused of wanting to send America (and the world) back to the olden days of the 19th Century and earlier.  Apparently a civilized society and limited government cannot go hand-in-hand.  Ironically, as a result of too much government spending, some Michigan counties have had to give up what are normally a basic government provision:  roads.

As a result of lowering tax revenues, some Michigan counties are turning once-paved streets into gravel roads in order to save money.  A normal paved road costs $100,000 per mile to pave whereas a gravel one is one-tenth that.  So far 20 of our 83 counties have gone with gravel instead of pavement.

– Jarrett Skorup


2 thoughts on “Gravel Roads and Budget Cuts

  1. How are the counties saving money by reverting to gravel? Would not the old roads, even if they are in rough shape, be more navigatable than a gravel road? I see the cost savings between a resurfaced road and a gravel one, but not between gravel and leaving the road as is.

  2. Basically, a road is torn up and the city has to make a decision to repair it or repave it. Repairing and repaving cost quite a bit of money. So instead of doing either of those, they turn it into gravel. It costs money to turn it initially, but saves a ton in the end. I think the numbers cited in the article are if they were to make a road from scratch, but I don’t think that’s what these counties are addressing.

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