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Highway Dollars and Sense: A Safer Way Home

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A Safer Way Home

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埃德注意:2020年11月,阿肯色州选民将有权决定该州是否应继续收取半美分的营业税,以便每年为州级公路和桥梁筹集超过2.05亿美元的资金,并为县和城市各增加4300万美元的资金。在选举前的每个问题中,我们都将探讨该决定的潜在影响。在本月的专刊中,我们将探讨在基础设施上花费的资金是如何投资于自身安全的。我们鼓励您在投票之前进行自我教育,并帮助教育您的朋友,家人,邻居和同事,这将帮助阿肯色州对我们州的基础设施做出重要选择。 Read Part 1 of this special series "Highway Dollars and Sense" on the political history of the half-cent sales tax for infrastructure and Part 2 on the necessity of roads to our everyday lives.

大约12个月前,阿肯色州长Asa Hutchinson宣布超过40英尺高时宣布进入紧急状态。陆军工程兵部队正在查看阿肯色州西北部的地图,以及在发生200年洪水的情况下哪些高速公路将被淹没的投影。堤防破裂了。水涨了。历史性的洪水是该州2019年的头条新闻。

阿肯色人会记住,全州的路线都关闭了。实际上,由于洪水,有40条高速公路不得不关闭。水退后很久,它留下了持久的损害。水流带走了整段沥青,在达达尼尔附近的155号高速公路上留下了一个巨大的危险孔。

Six months later, repairs were still underway.

当我们正处于公共卫生危机之中时,公民的安全再次成为重中之重。最近三个月对全球大流行COVID-19的反应提醒我们,一场灾难会洗掉我们脚下的地面,并促使我们从火山口建造更坚固,更安全的东西。

Safe spaces

Issue 1 will make permanent a half-cent sales tax that Arkansans already pay in order to provide over $205 million annually for state highways and bridges, plus an additional $43 million each for counties and cities.

There is an economic case to be made for why we should make sure there is money in the purse to build and maintain highways. There is practical case to be made about how much we depend on surface transportation. But before all of that is the safety case.

As you read this, ambulances, fire trucks, police cars are responding to calls for help and coming to the rescue by way of rubber and road. We expect that when we need them, the sirens will sound, the traffic will part, and way will be clear.

In a few short weeks, we hope to send children back to classrooms on school buses.

The half-cent tax will pay to maintain a safe space for first responders to save lives, and it will also pay to create a safe space for students to travel to school. And without that money, it isn’t a given that the roads and bridges will be safe spaces.

在阿肯色州,在12,902座桥梁中,有626座(占4.9%)的桥梁状况较差或较差。与五年前相比,今天有16座桥梁被归类为结构缺陷。美国之路&交通建设者协会报告说,阿肯色州排名第25th in the number of structurally deficient bridges. Some of our worst bridges were built more than 60 years ago and bear more than 100,000 crossings every day. And the price tag to repair the 2,598 bridges in need? $1.7 billion.

甚至在2019年大洪水之前,星期一早上将阿肯色州的学生带到教室,星期五晚上将足球带到足球场的道路并不十分平坦。在2017年基础设施报告卡中,美国土木工程师协会将美国的桥梁评为C +级,道路则为D级。在阿肯色州102,603英里的公共道路中,有17%的道路状况不佳。

Making the grade

要改善基础架构,可以做很多事情。一些基本的公路技术是用于穿越奥扎克山脉的崎miles路段的隆隆地带,防撞垫和护栏。有时解决方案是重新构想景观。一个例子是距离小石城的阿肯色卡车运输协会办公室约50英里。

70号高速公路建于1956年,蜿蜒穿过瓦希塔山脉。多年来,随着30号州际公路交通的增加,高速公路上的事故有所增加,但是最近的扩建项目改善了车辆的出行方式。该项目将高速公路扩展到五个车道,行驶了17.5英里。更换了四座桥。曲线被拉直。小山被夷为平地。肩膀被加宽。在与128号州际公路相交处安装了交通信号灯。结果是视线更长,而山脉和森林的干扰更少,因此驾驶员可以看到前方的路线。

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how ballot issues can impact our lives beyond election day, but voting yes for Issue 1 is really just a vote for improving the route ahead.

也许70号公路的升级距离您的住所很远。尽管您处于州内的任何位置,但从半美分的营业税中收取的资金将重新回到您的社区,因为第1期不仅仅解决了最繁忙的路线。资金将在州道(70%),县道(15%)和城市街道(15%)之间分配。

我们不太可能再看到200年的洪灾,并在山顶下方发现40条阿肯色州道路。但是,灾难过后,道路不仅需要我们的关注和投资,即使是最好的事情也要付出代价:夏天的暴风雨,成千上万的度假者开车前往露营地,我们烘烤成假日馅饼的甜蜜的桃子和苹果。这些对阿肯色人来说是宝贵的时刻。我们应该愿意支付填满坑洼,修复桥梁和使我们的行进路线平整的费用。这将确保更好的工作,娱乐,上学道路和更安全的回家道路。

Luckily, a safer way home is on the ballot.

At Arkansas Trucking Association, we encourage you to make sure you are registered to vote, know your polling place, and learn about the issues.

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Part 1: Why the Choice is Yours

Part 2: Mythbusting and Life Saving on the Essentiality of Open Roads

Part 3: A Safer Way Home

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