Why Are the Roads So Hard?

@mythociate (13827)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 26, 2013 5:39pm CST
I mean, it's the 21st century! Should the roads all be foam rubber by now? I'm pretty sure that--if the roads in Tulsa, Oklahoma, had been made of foam-rubber in October 1995--I might not have suffered such severe brain-injury as I did (and STILL DO ). So why don't they make roads of foam-rubber?
1 response
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
29 Jan 13
They are not made of foam rubber because they would obviously be trashed the first day traffic traveled over them. Foam rubber is a very fragile material. They have tested various roadbed materials that would be more flexible, but they all breakdown too fast and cause the surface to cave in. They keep trying however. There are several stretches of Interstate highway here in central fl., that are constantly being used as test surfaces. There is one stretch of cement highway that has been there for about 40 years that has never had to be repaired. If cement was not so expensive and in short supply, I am pretty sure they would be made out of this cement formula. I do not think that the powers that control roads are so much concerned with our comfort as the longevity of the road surface.
@mythociate (13827)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
30 Jan 13
They want to increase jobs, Why not hire people to maintain these short-lived roads?
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
3 Feb 13
So you want the government to go further into debt, thus finally bankrupting us completely? We need no more civil service work. We need for people to start more private business and employ more folks at necessary work!
@mythociate (13827)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
18 Feb 13
What do you think 'debt' is? Where do you think 'private' money comes from?