When counties had plenty of money, they paved a lot of the roads and tried to make life easier for the people who lived there.
Now that those same counties and municipalities are cash-strapped, road repair means reclaiming the original asphalt and processing it to resemble gravel.
It is cheaper to maintain a gravel road than to keep repairing asphalt roads.
Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue.
State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls.
Many hard surfaced roads are now going back to the "S