You would be forgiven if you missed this little blurb in the Indianapolis Business Journal on Monday. The blurb is 4 sentences long, but I believe it may say quite a bit about where we are headed. It mentions the rising price of asphalt, which is manufactured from oil. Counties are now looking at the option of returning their rural roads to gravel surfaces.
Here in Indianapolis, pothole season has been particularly brutal. The city’s administration is hamstrung by their promise of cutting spending from the budget, which means less money for services such as pothole-filling. Yet even with the trouble we are having in maintaining our roads in this state, we’re still planning new ones. It’s as if we just can’t help ourselves; and instead of easing our transition to a post-cheap oil society, we intend to drive ourselves off of the cliff.