This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about road maintenance. We are falling behind, according to a study by Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com. Potholes, cracks, bumps, ruts, grooves. They are a nuisance. They can damage tires and suspensions. Sometimes they are dangerous. Neighborhood streets are often in the worst shape because connector roads are the top priority. Roads in Vero Beach and Port St.