A few years ago I was at a local government asset management workshop and a Victorian engineer said he wanted to invest in whatever company gets all the road resurfacing work here in WA.
"Because", he said, "it's black gold. I've never been anywhere that resurfaces its roads as often as you guys do!"
As I travel around the country and overseas, I've come to the conclusion he's right.
The council where I live (pictured) has just resurfaced a bunch of roads that were in better condition than ALL the ones I drove in the US recently (!)
I'd prefer they put the money into trees. A really leafy suburb with dodgy roads will always be a nicer place to live than a hot, barren one with flawless roads.