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No road funds till bridges fall, crashes climb, say 2 Arkansas legislators

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published May 25, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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FILE — Construction crews work on the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock in this 2015 file photo.

Bridges will have to collapse and major accidents occur on deteriorated roads before the Arkansas Legislature enacts laws to raise more money for highways, two key lawmakers said Wednesday in Hot Springs.

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mrcharles says... May 25, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

Oh , another sound gop platform for making America turn into a 3rd world country , but at least a G-dly country with all the prayers for the many deceased.

Of course govenment shouldnt be involved in transportation , as inovation should be able to have private enterprise come up with star trek transporters , or ferry boats for the rivers and streams, and toll roads if you want to use gasoline means of travel. Though to help the oil industry [ even more than now] gop can mandate you must start you gasoline thing and let is set out in the drive running for at least 6 hours per day to add texture and color to the air.

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ThisisInsane says... May 25, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

Yeah. This makes perfect sense. They want to increase taxes, on the public, that is already being taxed to death, to pay for the highway infrastructure upkeep, which THEY (Legislators) failed to provide for, when they were collecting all of the gas taxes, which I thought were MEANT for that purpose. Where did that funding go? People know it failed to keep the highway department funded to maintain the roads, because the salaries for those people have risen out of control, so as to eat into said funding. Equipment costs have risen, and they have been money grubbing and crying poor for years. But, I bet the Legislators and the top ranking people in the highway dept are all driving new cars. Typical living beyond our means, and ripping off the public. The people of the state, sure wear some pricey clothes, you know?

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georg137 says... May 25, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.

The article fails to mention the long-term damage to roads and bridges caused by trucking. It doesn't take a traffic engineer to recognize the huge long-term impact of multi-axle, multi-trailer, kiloton vehicles. They have increased in size and number to the point that by most metrics, they are exceeding parity with private passenger vehicles. Let those who cause the damage pay their share. Certainly with the low wages that truckers now make, with the economies of scale from their huge fleets, and with the increased profits from lower corporate taxes, there will be some tiny fraction of their bottom line that would pay for the damage they cause to our infrastructure.

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FireEyes says... May 25, 2017 at 12:14 p.m.

Yeah, right blame the GOP. When Huckabee left office, he left a surplus and then the spend crazy dems ran through it like it would never end. Blaming the newly in house party for issues that have taken decades to create is ludicrous, but typical of BOTH parties.

To see which party turns places into third world sites, see Detroit run by dems for decades.

Turning over transportation to the private sector sounds great.........until WHO in the private sector gets it??? Would each square mile be handled by a different firm with different standards???? Think it through.

Bring back the spending to necessary items and cut out the pork. It won't happen, but that is part of the answer.

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Whippersnapper says... May 25, 2017 at 12:49 p.m.

How about showing us you are serious by ending the GIF program, dear legislators? As long as you are keeping millions of dollars a year for your pork slushee projects, don't tell us you need even more money for "necessities."

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RBBrittain says... May 25, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

ThisisInsane, YOU are insane. Gas & diesel taxes DO go to highways as required by law. The problem is, while the cost of building & maintaining roads increases (especially as fuel prices increase), fuel tax revenue does NOT increase because it's a fixed amount per gallon REGARDLESS of price. Because of that, many states' DOTs now barely have enough money for routine maintenance; Missouri's MoDOT & Louisiana's LaDOTD are in even worse shape than AHTD. If there IS waste, it's because our state highway system is nearly twice as big as it should be; AHTD's administrative costs are in line with the rest of the country (so no, they're NOT out buying new cars).

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outinthesticks says... May 26, 2017 at 9:14 a.m.

Arkansas already has the highest per gallon gasoline tax compared to the adjoining states, and our per capita miles driven are equivalent. IMHO, there is too much emphasis on construction of NEW roads and not enough on repairing the existing ones. Look at the proposed I-30 project through downtown. Folks from other states laugh when comparing the "bad" LR traffic to their cities.

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PM1118 says... May 26, 2017 at 6:25 p.m.

Hope these idiots are on the bridge when it falls - or they become the increase in crashes!

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