Roads Are Getting So Bad In The U.S. That Chunks Are Flying Into Our Cars

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

President Donald Trump’s administration is putting together a privatization-centric plan that reportedly would provide $200 billion for infrastructure repairs. Chances are that won’t do much—not when estimates suggest we need $4.6 trillion to improve things. That’s too bad, because the roadways are now hitting us over the head to try to call attention to the issue.

This week in Michigan, a woman was knocked unconscious by a piece of concrete that flew up from the road and hit her in the head while driving along I-696 just north of Detroit, according to WXYZ in Detroit. reports the woman was driving a Buick Enclave around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, when she was hit in the side of the face by the concrete, and struck a Pontiac Grand Prix. The news site says the concrete—a chunk that reportedly weighted about 10-12 pounds—broke her sunglasses and sliced her forehead. She received treatment at a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


WXYZ, summarizing remarks from Michigan’s transportation department, said routine infrastructure repairs are conducted, “but more funds are needed to permanently fix the road.”

You can say that again.

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

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“but more funds are needed to permanently fix the road.”

How about building them correctly the first time? I could go on a long diatribe about how much money has been and is being wasted on building poor quality roadways from the beginning. We spend more money each year on fixing and rebuilding not only an aging roadway infrastructure but poorly constructed ones too.