States and municipalities are moving to unpaved roads to contain costs and improve the environment. As reported in Wired Magazine1, 27 states have made the move.
By un-paving instead of repaving, the city of Montpelier, Vermont, saved about $120,000—a big chunk for a city whose annual budget for street building and repairs was $1.3 million.
Plus, using materials like cement are expensive and environmentally unfriendly, the cement industry is a huge producer of the green house gas, carbon dioxide — responsible for about 5 percent of all global emissions. 2
Asphalt is harmful as well as it contains Volatile Organic Compounds such as benzene, and other known carcinogens. Coal tar, used in many surfacing applications is actually even more hazardous to the environment and ultimately our health.