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Washington County's road maintenance budget falls short of work needed

Road work ahead, maybe

June 11, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • A mail truck makes its way along a deteriorated Oak Ridge Place west of Funkstown.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Maintaining roads might not be the most glamorous of state and local governments' responsibilities, but when cracks, ruts and potholes appear, local drivers find its importance all too clear.

In recent years, shrinking budgets and lower distributions of highway user revenues have made it more difficult for local governments to keep up with the needs of area roads. In this two-part series, which continues next Sunday, The Herald-Mail examines how funding shortages have affected road work from the state level to the towns.


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