Here's an alternative solution to the problem of our decaying roads and bridges: We could simply stop using them.
Every now and then, the Agency of Transportation's monthly traffic count report ends up in my mailbox and last month's numbers provide further evidence that people are driving less.
With very few exceptions, the numbers are down from last year.
Burlington's Beltline: Down 6.4 percent.
U.S. 2 in Williston: Down 2 percent.
Interstate 89 in Swanton: Down 2.4 percent.
I-89 in Waterbury: Down 4.6 percent.
Vermont 100 in Weston: Down 7 percent.
Interstate 91 in Vernon: Down 5.4, and that's despite all the engineers filing in and out of Vermont Yankee.
Traffic on U.S. 2 in Montpelier is down 6.2 percent because half the cars were swallowed in potholes.
Be careful driving to grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. And have a happy one.
- Terri Hallenbeck