|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
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 much...it 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."
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