For over fifty years, American’s interstate system and its 46,876 miles of roads have linked the nation together. The number of vehicles that depend on the interstate system is projected to grow, especially the number of trucks.
The Ottumwa Courier reports the interstate system is showing its age and breaking under the strain of all that traffic. More money than ever is needed to keep the roads repaired and to update the infrastructure.
Trucks are bigger than ever and carrying more cargo. The weight of heavy truck traffic is wearing down bridges and roads that are already in sorry shape.
While there is agreement on the condition of the interstate system, the question of who needs to pay for it is another matter.
Raising taxes on fuel could generate more revenue, but high diesel prices are squeezing truckers to the breaking point.
What is to be done? How can roads be maintained without putting too much strain on truckers? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.