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The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads

The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads

As supersize vehicles bear heavier loads, maintenance budgets can’t keep up. Meet the Wisconsin farmers paying the price.

The New York Times
By Patricia Cohen
Feb. 18, 2020

Wearing bright safety vests, the county highway workers followed the scalding, red tar kettle as it pumped out liquid rubber bandages, thick as melted butter, to cover the pavement’s worst gashes. From above, it looked like the flip side of skywriting — as if yellow cursors on the ground were carefully spelling out a message for unseen readers in the clouds.

The farmers, truckers and others who traverse these rural roads, though, could quickly tell you what the hieroglyphics mean: Help.

Like hundreds of other small agricultural counties and towns around the country, Trempealeau County in central-west Wisconsin is overwhelmed with aging, damaged roads and not enough money to fix them... FULL ARTICLE

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