Maintaining roads makes better sense than building them

Filed under: Opinion |

I am a Professional Engineer in this community and I have investigated the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) that will be on the ballot in November. I believe that your readers should know that for lack of funds our transportation infrastructure is crumbling and the PPRTA intends to address that. A full 35 percent of funds collected on the 1 cent sales tax will go toward maintenance.

In my experience it is always cheaper to adequately maintain our roads and bridges rather than rebuild them. There is no truer expression in the engineering world than “penny-wise and pound foolish.” We, as citizens, need to protect our tax dollars, not throw them away. The cost to resurface an asphalt road is approximately $120,000/mile. That same segment road, if not periodically maintained, could cost approximately $2.5 million/mile to reconstruct.

We will only be borrowing on our future by not maintaining our roadways and bridges today. I support 1A, and I encourage your readers to do the same.

Michael King, P.E.