Domino’s Pizza is poised to help fix the country’s roads, but experts are concerned that the endeavor might signal a troublesome trend in the long run.
Experts are concerned that corporations could start taking over the infrastructure, a sector traditionally funded and maintained by the government.
- Domino’s claims that the ultimate goal of its “Pave for Pizza” initiative is to help protect pizza, as potholes can spoil pizza carried home in people’s cars.
- The initiative even has a motto: “Bad roads shouldn’t happen to good pizza.”
Domino’s Pizza’s initiative comes in the midst of the lowest infrastructure spending the nation has seen in decades. The pizza chain is pouring money into equipment and construction crews to fill in potholes and cracks on the nation’s roads.
On the initiative’s official website, Domino’s customers are asked to nominate the municipality that needs its roads to be fixed asap.
We don’t want to lose any great-tasting pizza to a pothole, ruining a wonderful meal,
said the company’s executive Russell Weiner.
Domino’s Pizza Has Fixed 150 Potholes
The company has already inked deals with several cities and towns, including Bartonville, Texas, Burbank, California, and Milford, Delaware. So far, its crews have fixed 150 potholes.
It is surprising that the local governments in these municipalities do not have the funds for road repairs. The US Census Bureau has found that the infrastructure spending on a national level has sunk to abysmal lows.
Milford authorities welcomed Domino’s efforts. The city’s federal funding for public works has been severely trimmed which led to the worsening of the city’s roads. Also, Delaware was badly hit by a harsh winter, which stretched public funds to the max.
Milford, though, is not a unique case. Many of the nation’s cities are receiving fewer and fewer government funds for civic services. This may be why the nation’s roads have become so bad over the last decade.
Image Source: Domino’s Paving for Pizza