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State Department of Transportation Deals With Budget Constraints

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The State Legislative session is over, and the Department of Transportation didn't get what they hoped for. There will be no new revenue in the budget. The State Legislative session is over, and the Department of Transportation didn't get what they hoped for. There will be no new revenue in the budget.

YAKIMA, WA - The State Legislative session is over, and the Department of Transportation didn't get what they hoped for. There will be no new revenue in the budget.

No new revenue and not enough incoming money from gas tax means our highways and interstates are going to keep deteriorating overtime.

The State Department of Transportation has to run on its current budget, which isn't going to cut it for any big new projects.

The department says they only have about one-third of the money they need for their re-surfacing program. So they have to prioritize and spend limited funds on high speed roads, letting other roads with less high speed traffic keep deteriorating.

"People are going to see a few more potholes, more rough roads, more rutting in our highways," said Don Whitehouse a Regional Administrator for the State Department of Transportation. "We're just not getting there when we need to for overlays, and the sad part is in the long run it costs more money to do it this way."

Whitehouse said they're trying to maintain roads the best they can by chipping and sealing, but he said that's only a temporary fix.

DOT said without revenue, they're also continuing to downsize. They've lost about 65 employees in the engineering workforce over the past several years.

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