What Do ‘Good Roads’ Contribute To You?
The third Tuesday in June - this year June 19th - 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. MDT focuses on safety and preserving and maintaining transportation infrastructure as top priorities because transportation needs outpace revenue 3 to 1. In Montana, the average driver contributes about $180-$260 a year to maintaining and constructing Montana highways while federal funds pay for about 87 percent of highway construction costs.
This Good Roads Day, give some thought to what good roads contribute to your daily life and what that is worth to you.