By now coverage of last week’s Detroit area flooding has receded. For now, many of us have temporarily forgotten about how bad the potholes were last winter. We are trying, after all, to enjoy the last few days of summer.
However, roads, unlike little boys with scraped knees, don’t heal themselves.
When I was a kid I remember being told that the best thing you could do for a scraped knee was to spit on it.
This is actually not true. Most people know this by now, especially if you’ve ever taken a personal hygiene class. There are a lot more dangerous myths out there, however.
One of which is that we can’t afford to fix our infrastructure.
The fact is that in sheer dollars-and-cents terms we can’t afford not to. This weekend I talked to Jeff Cranson, the head of communications for MDOT, the Michigan Department of Transportation.
I asked him to help me get some hard, cold numbers about the cost of both repairing the roads and also the costs of not doing so.