Truckers pay taxes all the time to keep highways across
America paved and in good repair. And they generally assume that their money is
paying for the highways and interstates they use.
But in the plains of Nebraska, tax dollars paid by truckers
and others are helping maintain an entirely different type of road – the
roughly 44 miles of the state highway system that are still paved with gravel.
The state wants to shift the gravel roads out of the state
highway system and move responsibility for their maintenance to the counties
where they’re located, the Lincoln
Journal Star reported recently. But the counties are
not happy about the idea of inheriting that much financial responsibility.
The state spends about $3,000 to $4,000
a year keeping the roads in good condition, the newspaper reported. And if they
are turned over to the counties, the state will pay to upgrade them before the
transfer takes place.
The State Highway Commission announced
recently it plans to take up the issue at a meeting scheduled for Friday, March
25. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 103 at the
Nebraska Department of Roads’ Central Headquarters in Lincoln. The meeting is
open to the public.