What’s the connection between pizza and potholes? The answer might surprise you.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA, or Triple A), potholes cost drivers $6.4 billion a year. Not only are they financially costly, but they can also be very dangerous for drivers and cyclists. Repairing roads is expensive, and research from the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission of the U.S. Congress shows that governments are not investing nearly enough when it comes to maintaining our roads.
But now help is coming from a surprising corner: Domino’s Pizza. The pizza chain has started a new initiative called Paving for Pizza to fix bad roads in neighborhoods across the country in order to make the streets a little safer for all of us … and of course, for all of our pizzas!
As their web site PavingForPizza.com humorously explains:
“Potholes, cracks, and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino’s. We can’t stand by and let your cheese slide to one side, your toppings get un-topped, or your boxes get flipped. So we’re helping to pave in towns across the country to save your good pizza from these bad roads.”
Potholes ruining your carryout 🍕🍕🍕 experience?
Since flying cars aren't a thing yet, we invite you to nominate your town for a chance to be selected to receive funds for fixing potholes near you at https://t.co/S4cNv4ZmHI pic.twitter.com/cLwq8nUUPW
— Domino's Pizza (@dominos) June 13, 2018
Domino’s has already helped to pave potholes in in Bartonville, Texas; Athens, Georgia; Milford, Delaware; and Burbank, California.
“We appreciated the extra Paving for Pizza funds to stretch our street repair budget as we addressed more potholes than usual,” said the city manager of Milford, Delaware.
Do you have a bad patch of road in your town that is riddled with potholes? You can nominate your zip code for essential repairs at the PavingForPizza website. According to TODAY Food, 20 grants will be awarded to municipalities in order to fix their potholes — but you only have until August 31 to apply!