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  •  Hudson, I'm curious -- do you know anything about (0+ / 0-)

    brick roads?

    We have some in Lubbock that date back to the 1920s (yes, really! The 1920s -- they were the first 'paved' streets in the city, which turned 100 years old in 2008). Where these have not been "modernized" they're still more durable than asphalt. Yes, they're noisy. Oddly, though, they don't get as slick in the rain/snow/sleet as the smoother asphalt.

    They're very costly to replace PRIMARILY because nobody knows how to build them any more. The materials compare favorably in price with a from-scratch asphalt road (not with a sealcoat/blacktop covering only, though).

    Of course, our city water system dates back to before WWII as well, and breaks in it are a huge source of trouble here.

    John Edwards:"One America does the work, another America reaps the rewards. One America pays the taxes, another America gets the tax breaks."

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 09:01:31 AM PST

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