Road Maintenance, Another Huge Cost of Our Reliance on the Automobile

For the battle cry of high costs levied against the proposed Triangle Rail Line, there is counterpoint being conveniently ignored: Roads cost a ton of money themselves. In fact, the cost of building roads is artificially lowered by not considering the long term costs to maintain the roads. Those of us in the Triangle have seen the results of those costs being ignored with a plethora of potholes, which increase wear and tear on a car, reduce traffic speed, and are a general hassle.

Potholes are caused by neglect of road surfaces over years. The best way to get rid of them is repaving the road. But repavement costs money to perform, wastes productivity by increasing traffic jams, and creates a hassle for every commuter. For a visual effect, I have pasted a list of repaving projects scheduled for this year in just Durham, Wake, and Franklin counties (from Crosstown Traffic):

Wake County

I-440 -- from SR 2000 (Old Wake Forest Rd) to the pavement joint near the new US 64 Bypass
US 64 Business -- from bridge South of Yonkers Rd to Neuse River Bridge
US 1A -- from US 1 to construction joint at Friendship Chapel
NC 96 from Franklin County line to Johnston County line
NC 98 -- from construction joint at US 1 to North Wingate St.
NC 39 -- from US 64 in Franklin County to Johnston County line
NC 50 -- from Westerham Dr. to joint at SR 1901 Old Weaver Trail
SR 2320 Riley Hill Rd. -- from SR 2329 Lizard Lick to NC 96
SR 2049 Bethlehem Rd. -- from SR 2233 Smithfield Rd. to SR 1007 Poole Rd.
SR 2233 Smithfield Rd. -- from SR 2049 Bethlehem Rd. to SR 1007 Poole Rd.
SR 2049 First St. (Knightdale) -- from SR 2233 Smithfield Rd. to US 64
SR 2357 South Hollybrook Rd. -- from Third St. to pavement joint South of town
SR 2049 Forestville Rd. -- from SR 2978 Buffaloe Rd. to SR 2224 Mitchell Mill Rd.
SR 2044 Ligon Mill -- from SR 2045 Burlington Mills to US 1A
SR 1833 Macon Rd. -- from SR 1834 Norwood Rd. to SR 1826 Ray Rd.
SR 1010 Cleveland School Rd. -- from NC 50 to Johnston County line
SR 1127 New Hill Holleman Rd. -- from SR 1134 Shearon Harris Rd. to SR 1115 Avent Ferry Rd.
SR 2000 Falls of the Neuse Rd. -- from SR 2002 Raven Ridge Rd. to Falls Lake Bridge
SR 5204 Old Baucom Rd. -- from SR 2542 Rock Quarry Rd. to SR 2509 Mial Plantation Rd.
SR 2553 Brownfield Rd. -- from SR 5204 Old Baucom to construction joint
SR 2045 Burlington Mills Rd. -- from US 1 to SR 2044 Ligon Mill Rd.
SR 2724 Banks Rd. -- from US 401 to SR 1006 Old Stage Rd.
SR 2547 Jones Sausage Rd, -- from I-40 to SR 2613 WKBQ Radio Station Rd.
SR 1007 Poole Rd. -- from Neuse River Bridge to SR 2511 Grasshopper Rd.
SR 2542 Rock Quarry Rd. -- from construction joint at SR 2645 Whitfield Rd. to SR 1004 Old Garner Rd.
SR 2710 Aversboro Rd. -- from SR 2812 Timber Dr. to SR 2711 Buffaloe Rd.
SR 2713 Vandora Springs Rd. -- from SR 2812 Timber Dr. to SR 2711 Buffaloe Rd.
SR 2711 Buffaloe Rd. -- from SR 1006 Old Stage Rd. to SR 2710 Aversboro Rd.
SR 2770 Angier Rd. -- from Vance St. to SR 2768 Judd Pkwy.
SR 1830 Baileywick Rd. -- from construction joint East of NC 50 to construction joint West of Harvest Oaks
SR 2553 Brownfield Rd. -- from SR 5204 Old Baucom Rd. to construction joint
SR 2049 Forestville Rd. -- from SR 2978 Buffaloe Rd. to SR 2224 Mitchell Mill Rd.
SR 2044 Ligon Mill Rd. -- from SR 2045 Burlington Mills Rd. to US 1A
SR 1011 Hillsborough St. -- from SR 3700 Gorman St. to concrete section West of Powell Dr.
SR 1774 District Dr. -- from SR 1664 Blue Ridge Rd. to end of Maint.
SR 1664 Blue Ridge Rd. -- from SR 1011 - Hillsborough St. to construction joint at SR 3113 Edwards Mill Rd.
SR 1511 Dawson St. and SR 1513 McDowell St. -- from Lane St. to construction joint just North of I-40

Franklin County

US 1A -- from US 1 to NC 96
NC 96 -- from US 1 to the Franklin County line
NC 39 -- from US 401 split in Ingleside to the Vance County line
NC 39 -- from Louisburg City Limits to NC 98
NC 56 -- from East City Limit of Franklinton to SR 1114 (Peach Orchard Road)
NC 56 -- from joint approx. 0.25 mile West of US 1 to US 1A
SR 1139 Sid Mitchell Road -- from NC 96 to SR 1140 (John Mitchell Road)
SR 1139 Sid Mitchell Road -- from SR 1140 (John Mitchell Road) to SR 1147 (Holden Road)
SR 1425 (White Level Road) -- from SR 1421 (Hickory Rock Road) to SR 1459 (Wood Road)
SR 1243 (Walter Grissom Road) -- from SR 1003 (Sims Bridge Road) to 0.5 mile North of SR 1244 (Gen Green Road)
SR 1433 (Person Road) -- from SR 1432 (Harris Jones Road) to SR 1434 (Gold Sand Road)

Durham County

US 70 Business -- from Orange Co line to SR 1317 (Neal Road)
SR 1811 (Sherron Road) -- from New pavement North of SR 1911 (Holder Road) to New pavement South of SR 1917
SR 1607 (Bahama Road) -- from SR 1611 to SR 1611
SR 1675 (Junction Road) -- from SR 1670 (Geer St) to Durham Cl
SR 1906 (Leesville Road) -- from US 70 to Durham Co line
SR 2509 (Daniel Rd) -- from SR 1815 (Mineral Springs Rd) to SR 1858 (Valmet Dr)
SR 1858 (Valmet Dr) -- from SR 2509 (Daniel Rd) to dead end
SR 1847 (Valleydale Dr) -- from SR 1815 (Mineral Springs Rd) to NC 98
SR 2507 (Tyne Dr) -- from SR 1815 (Mineral Springs Rd) to SR 1815
SR 1818 (Burton Road) -- from Panther Creek Rd to SR 2510 (Dinsmore Lane)
SR 1815 (Fletcher's Chapel Rd) -- from SR 1800 (Cheek Rd) to new pavement
SR 1594 (Brook Lane) -- from SR 1562 (Pine Way) to end
SR 1562 (Pine Way) -- from SR 1561 (Lake Vista Dr) to end
SR 1561 (Lake Vista Dr) -- from SR 1547 (Summit Ridge Dr) to SR 1562 (Pine Way)
SR 1547 (Summit Ridge Dr) -- from SR 1536 (Willowhaven Dr) to SR 1536 (Willowhaven Dr)
SR 1675 (Junction Road) -- from Durham City Limit to SR 1800 (Cheek Rd)
SR 1648 (Danube Lane) -- from begin curb & gutter to end curb & gutter
SR 1648 (Danube Lane) -- from end curb & gutter to SR 1004
SR 1945 (S. Alston Ave) -- from SR 1171 (Riddle Road) to SR 1121 (Cornwallis Road)
SR 1171 (Ellis Road) -- from SR 1926 (Angier Ave) to SR 1171 (Riddle Road)
SR 1670 (Geer Street) -- from North Durham Cl to new pavement at Aiken Ave.
SR 1966 (Lumley Road) -- from SR 1959 (Miami Blvd) to new pavement
SR 1966 (Lumley Road) -- from new pavement to SR 1973 (Page Road)
SR 1110 (Farrington Road) -- from SR 2282 (Trenton Road) to SR 2220 (Old Chapel Hill Road)
SR 1110 (Watkins Road) -- from SR 2220 (Old Chapel Hill Road) to new pavement
SR 1317 (Morreene Rd) -- from bridge at US 15/501 to new pavement
SR 1317 (Neal Rd) -- from US 70B to Parthenia Dr
SR 1959 (Miami Blvd) -- from T.W. Alexander Dr. to Presidential Dr.

Of course, rail lines do not have to be repaved.

Comments

Of course, rail lines

Of course, rail lines require rail cars filled with people to ride in them...that's not going to happen in the Triangle. All the kings men can't save Humpty...

I respectfully disagree

The area is a commuter area. And by the time a train would actually be running, we will have a lot more residents with the same amount of roads.

Y'all should try...

... getting a new arena and a NASCAR hall of fame. Then, regardless of the rail line, the city would tell you they can't afford to fix the roads.

It sounds like you are from Charlotte

How will the nascar folks get to the Hall. Certainly their cars cannot be bouncing around potholes!