Friday, July 26, 2019
Blame Climate Change For For Kansas City Pothole Crisis And Broken Promises
This is to help our blog community read between the lines . . .
KCMO SEEMS TO BE SAYING: WITHOUT TAX INCREASES THE PLANET WILL DIE AND KILL YOUR CAR IN THE PROCESS!!!
Here's a bit more verbiage and description . . .
U.S. Cities Have a Pothole Problem. Global Warming Is Making It Worse.
Potholes are an infrastructure problem compounded by limited city and state budgets and understaffed public works departments. Now, climate projections over the next few decades show the issue will likely get even worse, especially in Midwestern cities north of Kansas City.
"In general, it's the changing climate. When you have more water and temperature changes and, you know, a freeze-thaw cycle, that impacts the transportation network," says Tom Smith, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. "And when you add that to the fact that we've got added congestion and depleted maintenance budgets that require not only state, but federal investment and private investment, you have a perfect storm."
Sadly, the only hope is more taxpayer cash . . .
"Greg Bolon, director of operations for Kansas City's public works department says Kansas City's public works department continues to test different asphalt materials and tools to make the road conditions better no matter the time of year, but he doesn't think "anybody's immune to the issues" that potholes present."
"Everybody understands that infrastructure needs help, but there's really no mechanisms to fund it other than the gas taxes, and most cities and states aren't willing to approve gas tax increases because nobody wants money coming out of their pockets," he says. "So it's kind of a vicious circle there: that the funding's not there nor are the resources. And it's going to be one of those things that's going to keep continuing to get worse until things are finally funded."
Developing . . .