It’s not your fault. It’s Asphalt

Billboard seen on I-94 EB in Saint Paul.

The Concrete folks say:

It’s “pothole season” so that must mean it is time for . . . a new billboard and advertising campaign by the PCA North Central Region promoting the advantages of concrete pavement and maintenance technologies. Billboards strategically located on a pothole-riddled section of I-94 debuted yeseterday throughout the Twin Cities. The signs proclaim:

“Pothole Season: It’s Not Your Fault. It’s Asphalt.”

Similar ads, appearing on bus shelters, include a QR code that leads viewers to a web site where they can send a letter directly to mayors and public works officials informing them that choosing concrete instead of asphalt is the smart choice for roads and the best use of taxpayer funds.

Just so no-one thinks I have preferences for blacktop or whitetop, the asphalt folks would remind you: Asphalt is best.

License Tabs

Time to renew the motor vehicle license tabs, so I go online to – Minnesota Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicle Services – Online Services. It turns out they want more money to pay online (+$1.75) than to pay by check. Net out the stamp at $0.44, I am up $1.31 by paying by mail. This is insane for 2011, it ought to cost them more money to open envelopes and process it than the electronic surcharge they pay US Bank, but they just aren’t pricing it properly. Also, they don’t do billpayer services. It is an embarrassment to the state of Minnesota