Washington, Indiana – With over 600 miles of gravel road, rural Daviess County has more gravel roads than any other county in Indiana. Utilizing grant money, the county spent more than $1.2 million last year paving previously gravel roads, but the pavement is already nearly destroyed.
Daviess County has a large Amish population, and the steel shoed horses and the wagon wheels are destroying the pavement. “It’s disappointing to me that we pave new roads like last fall, spent $1.2 million on it and you drive it today and the surface is all scarred up,” Mike Sprinkle, President of the Daviess County Council, said. “Someone needs to responsible for that damage in the end. It’s disappointing that you go out and you fix a road like that and then it’s damaged.”
The county is exploring ways to solve the issue, but no solution seems to be presenting itself. “I wish I could flip a switch and come up with an answer, but I don’t have one,” Sprinkle said. “You would think somewhere, some genius would come up with a way to fix this.”
The cost of annual repairs runs up to $50,000, and the county is considering taxing the Amish buggies to cover the repair.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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