The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Road damage:
We pay in many ways

Jun 23, 2003

A non-profit national traffic association released a study surveying car damage from bad roads in U.S. cities.

The study rated one-fourth of all U.S. urban roads as "in bad repair."

The study calculated the average car repair bill paid by each and every urban car owner each year, due to damage from using these poor roads. The numbers are high:

<$706 per year in L.A.

<$705 per year in San Jose

<$674 per year in San Francisco

<$667 per year in San Diego

<$621 per year in Detroit.

States don't repair roads because so much money is siphoned off to pay the enormous cost of military contracts, corporate gifts, and tax cuts to the wealthy.

Our car repair bills are only one more casualty of this continual diversion of money to the wealthy.