Re: Toll increases across the US
- From: John Lansford <jlnsford@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2008 07:51:08 -0500
Larry G <gross.larry@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jan 31, 6:32 pm, John Lansford <jlnsf...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It again would depend on how the road was paid for in the first place.
The government agrees that putting a toll on a road paid for by gas
taxes is double taxation, which is why they require that money be paid
but it's STILL a public road and you're only charging for it's
maintenance and upkeep.
Now if that road were going to be turned over for free to a private
sector tolling company.. I would agree....
but if it stays in public hands. it will need money to maintain it..
so why not collect the money so that it can be repaired/upgrade ..
improved and expanded when the time comes that it needs it .. instead
of having to compete with a bunch of other projects and end up being
delayed for years past the time when the upgrades were needed?
I'd bet (correct me if I'm wrong) that over 30, 40 years that the cost
of maintaining, fixing, upgrading a road is going add up to a
substantial sum... that may at some point be equal to it's original
(I'm out on a limb here.. I know... so you tell it like it really
I've seen only the life cycle costs for particular roads, but they
were interstates, and from what I recall even factoring in inflation
the maintenance (resurfacing and milling multiple times over a 30 year
period) costs come nowhere close to the original construction costs of
Resurfacing is done typically 5-7 years after it is opened, then 5-7
years later the top layer is milled off and replaced, then 5-7 years
later another resurfacing layer, then the last cycle involves a
deeper, more extensive milling/resurfacing process. Adding all that
together still does not equal the costs of building bridges, drainage
systems, grading, original full depth paving, guardrail, etc, etc.
John Lansford, PE
John's Shop of Wood
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