New Fuels Tax Means More Road Projects in Wyoming

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Road crews will be out in force soon across Wyoming, and there will be more work going on this year thanks to the state's new 10-cent per gallon fuels tax.

The 2013 Legislature enacted the tax, which took effect last July 1. The tax is expected to raise about $70 million a year with two-thirds earmarked for maintaining the state highway system.

Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Dave Kingham says he expects that 19 of about 140 road projects planned for this fiscal year will be funded by the new tax. So far, 16 projects worth about $45 million have been contracted out with the new fuels tax money this year.

Kingham says those projects would have been delayed if it weren't for the fuels tax.

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