Alabama wants asphalt

At least, the County Commissioners want it:

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama voted today to seek legislative approval of a $1.2 billion bond issue for road construction during next year’s legislative session.

The plan calls for a 3-cent tax on gasoline and diesel fuel to pay off the bonds. The tax would expire when the bonds are paid off.

ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield said no counties voted against the plan at today’s meeting in Montgomery. He said about 53 counties were represented at the meeting.

This isn’t the first time this was thought of, either:

A bill to raise the gasoline tax by 6 cents a gallon failed in the Legislature this year, and similar proposals died last year.

It’s been about a decade since I drove on any Alabama roads, but I wasn’t impressed at the time:

One thing I won’t miss is I-65 through Montgomery. There would be suicide on a Guyanese scale in ODOT had Oklahoma City’s soon-they-say-to-be-supplanted Crosstown Expressway deteriorated to this point: the speed limit is down to 45, and even that’s a pain in the ball joints.

Maybe that project is finished — or maybe they need to restart it.

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