Tups wrote:But then again if they're short on money and the road is not a major highway, they'll usually send one guy to shovel some tarmac to the worst holes instead of re-surfacing the whole road. My friend did that when he was working on Destia. Those emergency repairs won't last long and afterwards the road is in even worse shape than before.
That's accepted as normal around here. If it's a couple isolated holes they'll send someone with some cold patch, which resembles fresh loose asphalt and is stored at room temperature. If they're going after a lot of holes they'll send a truckload of hot asphalt.
In Rhode Island we don't have a lot of gravel-on-tar/oil roads, so it's not a minor project to resurface roads. Most are this type of "asphalt concrete":
In some of the rural areas of the state (where I live, for example) we do have gravel-on-tar surfaces but the resurfacing budget is even lower.
When it's all said and done, we get ragged patch jobs where old ragged patch jobs have broken. You can find areas the size of a car where there are 10 different shades of patches. Usually roads that get that bad get stripped and repaved, though.