A central Wisconsin county may have to turn some of its paved roads back into gravel. Clark County has 300 miles of paved county roads, but Highway Commissioner Randy Anderson says there simply is not enough money to continue repairing the system.
Anderson says next year’s county budget would put the roads on a 40-year schedule, which he says will result in more potholes than actual pavement. He believes such a long schedule would be unsustainable for keeping cars actually driving on the roads.
Anderson says it gets worse because the federal government is considering a massive change to their aid formula. Clark County, and others, may no longer be rewarded for so-called “farm to market” roads. The change would move the county to a 100-year cycle and could result in less pavement and more gravel.