Why do cities/states use asphalt? Are politicians/officials lining their pockets with kick-backs from asphalt industry types? If so, where are the damned corrupt concrete industry types when we need them? Can't they pony up some money for kick-backs and put an end to this crap? The lower initial cost argument doesn't cut it. They just tore up a street near my work to install storm drainage and they've put down the new asphalt paving. I guarantee you within 12 months they'll be fixing potholes. It'll get worse and worse over the next few years. In about 6-8 years from now when the road is an obstacle course of shock-busting craters, a half-assed asphalt abomination of uneven hills and valleys, they'll come back and totally re-do the street with this inferior material and the entire process starts over. Tonight when I drive home one of the streets I'll drive over is a nice, smooth, pothole-free stretch of concrete that was laid over 50 years ago.