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Ford: Lack of paving funds may hurt other departments

Published: 11:20 AM, 04/25/2013 Last updated: 11:20 AM, 04/25/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Cocke County Road Superintendent Kenneth Ford says his department may not be the only one suffering from lack of funds for paving.

Addressing members of the Cocke County Highway Commission Tuesday, Ford said deteriorating roads in the county are also going to impact the School System and Sheriff's Office, due to increased maintenance costs resulting from bad roads.

"In 2000, the department got $480,000 and it was $30 per ton," said Ford. "There's nothing in the budget this year. Now, $480,000 won't help won't get us a mile per district. We would need at least $2 million to make progress.

"Each year the roads get worse. If you wait eight or 10 years, the costs will cut what we can do in half."

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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