As a follow-up to my comments about the (lack of) quality of roads in eastern Germany, there was a recent report about how some of these towns are applying for funding from Germany's stimulus package for the construction of noise-reducing asphalt. It turns out that simple road construction is not part of the stimulus package, but all kinds of environmental concerns are, and noise reduction is one of them.
As a result, some German towns that were not planning to put fresh asphalt over their loud cobblestone roads for lack of funding have now received money from the federal government to put super-quiet pavement in. These special roads cost three times as much as normal pavement, which has brought about much criticism.
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