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    ‘Reclaimers’ Tear Up Roads Towns Can’t Afford to Fix

    To dust you shall return. Transportation agencies in at least 27 states have removed paved roads that are underutilized or that they can’t afford to fix. A common tactic involves grinding damaged asphalt into gravel and spreading it over a “geotextile,” a rugged fabric that helps with erosion and stability. An organic solution can be used to tamp down dust. De-paving has become necessary in an era of tight budgets and soaring materials costs, and though rocky roads can be tough on cars, potholes can be far worse.

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