(Greenfield) A Transportation Research Group came out with a report Wednesday that said 42-percent of Iowa Roads are in poor condition and 23-percent of Iowa bridges are considered to be functionally obsolete. Stu Andersen, Director of the Iowa D-O-T planning Department, says what the state needs is an increase in the state’s gas tax to correct the problem.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says we need a gradual increase to the gas tax.
“I would like to see a three-cent, three-cent, three-cent, increase over three years,” stated Baudler. “That way a contractor can hire employees and they know they will have projects coming out.”
Baudler says there are a lot of bridges and roads in Guthrie and Adair Counties that need attention.
“A high percentage of our rural bridges are in need of repair and are embargoed if you will,” said Baudler. “In some cases in Adair County a school bus or a fire truck cannot legally cross them and that is absolutely unacceptable!”
Baudler says he would like to see the formula stay the same and go back before the time- 21 formulas for cities, counties, and states and move forward in taking care of Iowa infrastructure. He says it is time to do it!
Stu Andersen Director of the Iowa D-O-T planning department says Iowa’s public roadway system requires an additional $215 million of funding each and every year, to address just those most critical needs that exist on the roadway system.
August 1, 2013