Road Funding Cuts Impact Not Only Valley, But Entire Commonwealth

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va (WHSV)-- As trucks haul more freight on rural roads in Virginia, the funding to support those roads could be cut.

Truckers deal with rough roads in Rockingham County. These roads also put a lot of pressure on Valley farmers.

Wheels like these carry thousands of dollars in farm products from the valley hundreds of miles out of state. Because of rough roads, these trucks constantly need maintenance just to pass inspections.

"It's crazy, because it can put you behind big time," said Mark Deavers, who owns a trucking company.

Deavers is in charge of these trucks. He and other farmers say the nation's aging roads and bridges are hurting businesses like his.

"It's not unusual that every truck, when it comes back, has to go into a shop, be serviced, and have repair work done to it," said Jeffrey Good, who worked on a farm.

Which is too often and too expensive to keep up with. But, it's a two-way street when it comes to damage.

A piece of machinery like this may weigh about 15 tons. Imagine the stress and the pressure that puts on our local roadways.and moving that equipment isn't the easiet challenge.

"It ain't too awful. People just want to crowd you off the road. When you've got a big piece of equipment, it doesn't work that easily," said Jason Taylor, who helps on a farm.

He says it's those narrow roads that are the biggest problem in the Valley.

Despite this, Deavers says we're better off than other states.

"Local roads are good. I've been up in Pennsylvania where you better hold onto your steering wheel and take the air out of your seat, because if you don't you're going to hit the cab of the truck," said Deavers.

That's a problem he hopes never finds its way into the Valley.

Due to a cash shortfall in the highway trust fund as projected by the congressional budget office, in virginia, this could mean a cut of one-point-one billion dollars for highway improvements.


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