I do not advocate for increased taxes for road projects but rather more prudent project spending and better road engineering for longer road life.
First, highway widening projects seem to be selected arbitrarily, without looking for long-term needs. Projections for the future show millennials driving less than previous generations. So why are we spending billions of dollars to expand local roads and highways? No wonder local roads and mass transit have been cut back or eliminated.
Secondly, the lack of sound engineering of our many concrete roads results in expensive and constant repair. For example, the Madison Beltline between Todd Drive and Interstate 90 recently had extensive repair but has buckled and in several locations. So even more repairs are required.
Yes, it does cost somewhat more to do it right the first time. Or as they say, the lazy man works the hardest.
Joseph Schappel, Madison