Omaha returns to gravel roads to cut maintenance costs

How do you pay for fixing potholes after decades of neglect? For Omaha, Nebraska, it’s a rocky road. Literally. To avoid shelling out an estimated $300 million to pave the city’s disintegrating streets with asphalt, Omaha is instead tearing up the pock-marked roadways and covering them with gravel, according to a recent New York Times story. It all started some four decades ago with developers building on the outskirts of Omaha and deciding to save a few bucks by paving the streets with asphalt instead of concrete. When the city expanded its borders, it took in these shoddily paved neighborhoods and their many potholes. Street repair crews couldn’t keep up and the costs only increased as the roadways got worse and worse.

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Source: Curbed

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