transportation official said the state may have to consider new
taxes - including increases in fuel taxes - to bring its roads up
to snuff, The Norman Transcript reported Oct. 30.
director of transportation for the state of Oklahoma, said that
even though most of the state's fuel taxes go to roads, the tax
- 14 cents a gallon on diesel and 17 cents a gallon on gas - did
not bring in enough when compared with surrounding states, which
he said averaged 20.5 cents a gallon.
the newspaper account, he said the money should be put in a transportation
trust fund, and that the state should report each year on how the
money was spent.
the state needs $150 million more in road money to bring its highways
to standards. The state official said almost 50 percent of the state's
670 miles of interstate highways outside of its toll system were
in fair, mediocre or poor condition, The Transcript reported.
The national average is 35 percent.