Across the nation, our roads and bridges are fighting a losing battle against natural forces. This battle leaves its scars, like the potholes that cost drivers $3 billion each year in vehicle damage and are responsible for approximately one-third of traffic fatalities. If we want to find sustainable, affordable, long-term solutions to our infrastructure problems, we need to shift our mindset away from fighting nature and find ways to imitate it instead.
State and local governments know all too well how dangerous and destructive potholes are. City repair crews are playing an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole, especially with all the rain and flooding the country has seen in recent years. They fix one hole, and two more open.