The Brown County Democrat newspaper had an article about how the commissioners have given their approval to turn two sections of roads in Brown County (Indiana) back to gravel because the pavement is crumbling. While they say it's not a solution for the problem of the relatively recently paved roads that are now going to pieces it's interesting that now that money is tight they're talking of restoring the country roads to gravel. Hopefully this is the start of a trend. It was dumb for them to simply throw down a layer of asphalt over these roads without a suitable base or improving the drainage. Add the typical Indiana winter weather to the mix to create frost heaves and you end up with paved roads that appear to have been bombed. Some roads have already been chip-and-sealed rather than repaved due to a lack of funds and restoring them to gravel is the next step as money gets harder to come by for these rural counties. Give me a gravel road anyday. Who says that hard times are all bad???