Utah highway agency proposes fuel tax hike

| 10/8/2003

The Utah Department of Transportation has announced plans to raise the state’s fuel tax to help pay for long-range upgrades of roads statewide, according to local media.

The agency wants to increase fuel taxes a nickel in 2005 – and every six years thereafter. The funds would pay for $3.6 billion in road projects over the next three decades.

The plan proposes about 500 statewide projects, including $36 million for reconstruction of I-15 in Utah County, Salt Lake City’s KSL TV reported. Other projects include adding passing lanes along U.S. 6, replacing aging parts of I-80 and fixing road surfaces.

The proposal, dubbed “Transportation 2030,” is subject to the Legislature’s approval when the body meets in January.