The upkeep of roadways is extremely important and expensive. Roads and highways get us from A to B, whether that means going to work, visiting grandma or taking a family vacation. Gasoline and other taxes pay to construct, maintain and modify everything from local streets to the freeways and highways we use every single day.
As cars become more fuel efficient, less gas tax is being collected for much needed road maintenance. Add to that the rise in popularity of electric and other non-gas cars, which pay zero gas tax. In addition our infrastructure is getting older and need more funds just to keep it safe. Due to these trends, states are looking at alternative methods to pay for road upkeep.
One option being tested is to charge motorists for the miles they drive versus the gas they purchase. This idea is entering testing stages in multiple states, but has major obstacles to be addressed before it can realistically move forward.
Another alternative (and our favorite) is sponsorship sales such as Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Street and Landscape Beautification programs. Adopt-A-Highway and sponsorship programs save significant funds for DOTs so they can keep us safely moving along the highway.
So on your next trip to grandma house, remember the roads cost money to upkeep. You can help by adopting a highway near you!