As small towns across the country confront rapidly deteriorating roads and shrinking maintenance budgets, more and more of them are opting for gravel roads over pavement.
Long distance bicycle racing on gravel roads is steadily growing in popularity in states like Missouri, where an abundance of stone and unpaved roads create the ideal setting for the sport.
With limited funds remaining an issue, many jurisdictions in Michigan have been forced to return paved roads to gravel — but some local officials may be on the path to the best solution.
Gravel roads might not be the most high-tech of road surface solutions, but in Iceland, they’re more than just a convenient element of the national road network — in these conditions, they also offer real advantages over paved alternatives.
There are 1.6 million miles of gravel roads in the United States — that’s over a quarter of all the roads in the country. When maintained properly, unpaved roads can be a much better alternative to their more costly paved counterparts.