More Money For Roads in Washington County

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

If you're a driver in Washington County, you can expect your local roadways to be well-maintained in the new year.

A special meeting Tuesday of county commissioners presented the county's new year's list of appropriations.

Included in the 2014 fiscal year budget, a 14 percent increase - or about half a million dollars more than 2013 - towards upkeeping roads and highways across the county.

The money is divided between township roads and county roads.

In response to a proposal to divide the money equally, township representatives are stressing why they need a bigger piece of the pie.

"There's 833.91 miles of township roads, and 337.62 miles of county roads," says Belpre Township Trustee Asa Boring. "When we do this again next year, I'd like to let you keep it in mind, the townships have 71% of the miles in the county."

Township roads will receive about 85 percent of the $500,000 in the upcoming fiscal year.

Belpre Township alone will receive about $12,000 more.

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