Monday, May 15, 2017

Road Cost Scandal

The cost of milling and resurfacing an asphalt road in 2010 was $75,000 per lane mile. Now, in 2017 it costs $252,922.

A lane mile is one lane of a road. Milling and resurfacing a mile of 2-lane road was $150,000 in 2010.  This cost didn’t include repairing the road bed. The cracks in the asphalt surface and pot holes indicated that the road bed has deteriorated.  This costs more where the bed needs to be replaced. So, in 2010, if the entire road bed needed to be replaced, then repairing one mile of 2-lane road would have cost $300,000 per mile.

Now in 2017, road costs have more than tripled to $700,000 to restore a mile of 2-lane asphalt road.

All roads were ignored for a long time, especially in the 2008 to 2016 period.  Transportation funds were wasted on bike lanes that required new curbs. There was a war on cars and big campaigns to expand rail that failed.  Now our roads are in even worse shape. The real cost of UN Agenda 21 implementation in the US was in the $trillions.

There are no sites on the web with the average cost history of road construction and maintenance work.  I suspect this is one scandal government has managed to suppress.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

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