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The cost of good roads

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As a motorist, I share the plight of driving on our crumbling infrastructure (Manitoba's shameful roads, Letters, July 7). However, some context is needed when comparing it with other regions.

In the last few years I've driven to Chicago, Detroit and numerous times to our estranged sister city, Minneapolis. The interstate highways are a pleasure to drive on, but are kept that way through constant repair. This is easily achieved because 90 per cent of the cost of all interstate highways in the U.S. is borne by the federal government.

Even with this federal funding, Chicago has tolls for travelling on the interstates within the city, probably to pay for the crumbling city roads.

Having travelled 6,000 kilometres on the freeways in Europe, the autobahn and autostrada are even better roads than the U.S. interstates, but they are all toll roads and expensive. Fortunately, because Europe is built on stable rock and has milder temperatures, road repair is minimal.

 

Dan Cecchini

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 8, 2014 A6

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