This week, Domino’s announced that it has started paying construction crews to fill potholes in towns across the US. The goal, according to the food-delivery giant, is to protect its pizzas.
Experts say the initiative is part of a wider trend of companies taking over the upkeep of civic services traditionally funded by government.
Infrastructure spending as a percentage of the nation’s GDP has fallen to the lowest level in decades, according to the US Census Bureau.
Domino’s is on a mission to fix America’s roads.
This week, the pizza chain announced that it is paying construction crews to fill potholes in towns across the US, with the goal of protecting its pizzas from bumps.
“We don’t want to lose any great-tasting pizza to a pothole, ruining a wonderful meal,” Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, said in a statement. “Domino’s cares too much about its customers and pizza to let that happen.”
Domino’s has already worked with several cities, including Burbank, California (five holes remedied), Bartonville, Texas (eight holes), and Milford, Delaware (40 holes). In Athens, Georgia, Domino’s fixed an astounding 150 potholes.
The effort, ambitious as it may be, highlights the sad state of government spending on civic services.
Road repairs like these are typically the responsibility of the government, paid for by federal gas taxes and local or state tolls. However, national public construction spending as a percentage of the GDP has fallen to the lowest level in decades, according to the US Census Bureau.
Eric Norenberg, the city manager of Milford, said Delaware welcomes the pizza chain’s efforts. In recent years, the state has seen federal public-works funding decline as its roads get worse.
“Facing an already harsher winter than usual for Delaware, this is an opportunity to get additional money to stretch our city’s limited resources,” he …read more
Source:: Business Insider