Let’s do something about potholes!
Cities and townships can choose an permanent end to potholes! Concrete is the alternative that lasts and lasts without constant pothole repairs. Get the word out.
1) Talk to your neighbors
“Hey, did you know we can end potholes for good?” Ask them to email or call their city council representative to get concrete and asphalt bids for your street. Share this website with them! There are all kinds of resources in this website’s blog to help you understand how concrete differs from asphalt. Here are a few good backgrounders:
- Potholes damage costs U.S. drivers $3 billion annually
- How paint is like a good concrete road
- Free concrete street design service for cities
- Infographic makes it easy to see the cost of roads
- Budgeting and benefits of life cycle cost analysis of streets
2) Write a Letter to the Editor
Send a letter to your local newspaper editor after a news story about upcoming street projects. Feel free to copy and paste this and send it to your editor.
Headline: Let’s say bye bye to potholes for good
We think we’re stuck with potholes. That is not true. They don’t have to exist at all. It’s just that our city keeps paving with asphalt, which is the breeding ground for potholes. There’s an alternative type of pavement that doesn’t form potholes: Concrete.
Some city engineers and council members argue that concrete streets cost too much. How do they know? There’s only one way to find out: The council must gets bids for both asphalt and concrete for the next set of street construction projects. Once the bids are in, the council must also look at the upfront capital investment AND annual maintenance costs for the next 25 years.
Concrete frees up annual, general operating money that the city can spend on other priorities. And concrete frees us all from avoiding potholes and repair crews. Imagine a pothole-free life!
If we really want the biggest bang for the taxpayer buck, the city must consider concrete as a viable alternative to asphalt.
And if the city actually cares about ending potholes, it can choose to pave with concrete and say “bye bye” to potholes on our streets forever.
Everyone can learn more about how to end potholes here: byebyepotholes.com
Remember to include your name and address so the media can verify you sent it.
3) Call a city council member
Use these key talking points and add in your own experience with potholes
Hi, I’m (First Name Last Name), I live at (address) and I’ve been a resident for (X years) and I’d like to see a permanent solution to potholes on my street. Can I have about 15 minutes of your time to talk about this?
- First, I want to thank you for your service on the council. I appreciate how you’re giving so much time and energy to making our community better.
- Second, I’m not calling to complain but propose a solution to these recurring potholes.
- We think we’re stuck with potholes but that’s not true. We keep getting potholes because we keep paving with asphalt, which breaks down into potholes. Concrete doesn’t break down like that. I’m calling you to make a case for paving my street with concrete.
- You might argue that concrete streets cost too much, but how do you know that? Do you see bids for both asphalt and concrete?
- Many cities are paving some streets with concrete because they know there’ll be no potholes to maintain year after year. This make taxpayers happy. It also frees up their annual operating budget for other priorities.
- I request that our city council get bids for both asphalt and concrete for our next set of street projects. Our city engineer can get free help comparing short-term and long-term costs of streets through a service of the concrete industry
- You’ll see that concrete may cost more initially, but it costs far less to maintain over the life of the street.
- Will you please commit to reducing the number of potholes for good in get bids for both asphalt and concrete for our city street projects. Give us all a chance for a pothole-free life!
Resources to help you take action
To get started with reaching out to your elected officials, here is website and pothole reporting information for dozens of cities and counties in Minnesota. Almost every city in Minnesota has a pothole reporting page because they get so many complaints.