The Dallas Morning News

Streets in disrepair

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Addison, Garland, Arlington, Highland Park. Interstate 635, North Central Expressway, Interstate 35, Belt Line Road. Regardless of where we drive, there are streets in a state of total disrepair: deep potholes, scarcely visible lines and uneven surfaces. Often I wonder: How did we get here? How did the richest country in the history of the world fall into such a state of disrepair? Besides bridges, airports and government buildings, the country that put man on the moon is unable to provide decent roads, after taxes and tolls.

Discomfort aside, there are also safety concerns. I’ve almost unknowingl­y changed lanes due to lines so poorly marked and badly faded. Forced to jerk the wheel back, I had a brief moment of hesitation before dodging the next crater.

Invest more in our infrastruc­ture. Take pride in our city and country. We’re on a path now where I believe the wagon and dirtroad days are nigh. Perhaps those conditions would be more comfortabl­e and safer than driving on a 21stcentur­y street. Blake Fowler, Addison

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