New-road dollars can't be used for maintenance

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Rayda L. Renshaw's letter, "Maintaining roads vs. building new roads," (May 21) displays a common ignorance by the public. Road maintenance is funded 100 percent by state or local dollars. New road construction is funded by federal dollars with a state match. The state match is about 10 percent, which means the state funds about 10 percent of new construction but 100 percent of state highway maintenance costs.

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This does not excuse the state or any road agency from taking care of roadways in which the public has a vested financial interest. My point is that dollars for new roads cannot be used for road maintenance.

Roger Allington

Bellevue, Wash.

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