What do ‘Good Roads’ contribute to your daily life?
The third Tuesday in June, this year June 21st, marks Good Roads Day, as designated by the Montana Legislature whereby the people of the state are asked to “…contribute toward the improvement and safety of public highways.”
Getting to work, healthcare, shopping, recreation, and going about daily activities is much easier and enjoyable when the transportation system is functioning well. Good pavement and bridge decks, traffic signals, sidewalks, buses, and turn lanes are just some of the components that help get you where you’re going.
In Montana, the average driver contributes about $3.50* a week to maintaining and constructing Montana highways while federal funds pay for about 87 percent of highway construction cost. This funding is not keeping pace with rising cost, aging infrastructure, and increasing demand, making it tougher to preserve and maintain Montana’s roads and bridges.
Take a minute to think about what good roads contribute to your daily life and what that is worth to you. Then, help MDT plan for good roads in the future by sharing your input on TranPlanMT.
*A driver averaging 12,500 miles a year, with a vehicle averaging 21 miles per gallon, contributes about $3.50 a week or $182.50 annually to fuel taxes.