WALKER -- Cass County will adopt a new, nationally accepted paved highway lane striping program this year. Paint stripes will be shorter and spaced farther apart.
By this change, the county will save enough money to stripe less heavily traveled blacktopped roads more often, according to County Engineer David Enblom.
The county's policy will continue to be to re-paint lane stripes annually on paved county highways carrying 1,000 or more vehicles per day and biennially on those carrying 500 to 1,000 vehicles per day.
The change will mean highways carrying less than 500 vehicles per day will now be repainted every four years rather than every five years.
Cass County Board voted Tuesday to support federal legislative proposals to increase the federal gasoline tax.
If the House proposal for a 5-cent increase this year and subsequent half-cent inflationary increases thereafter were adopted, Enblom said it could mean Minnesota's share of federal gas tax could rise from $4 billion over six years to $6 billion.
The commissioners authorized Enblom to seek requests for proposals to design two new county highway maintenance garages. These will serve as consolidations to replace current Remer and Longville garages and Pine River and Hackensack garages.
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