BACK IN TIME - 40 Years Ago - April 3, 1975

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By Jeff Sopland


State road funds for Spencer total $59,105
Governor Julian M. Carroll and Transportation Secretary John C. Roberts announced the 1975-76 County Road Aid Program for Spencer County. It is based on an allotment of $59,105 for the coming fiscal year.
The program provides maintenance for 85.8 miles of county roads and 2 bridges. The mileage listed includes 39.9 miles of blacktop and 45.9 miles of traffic bound surface.
The maintenance activities authorized will be accomplished by the Bureau of Highways.
The County Road Aid Program began in 1936 when the General Assembly selected this means of helping the various counties of the Commonwealth meet their responsibilities for local roads. It is supported by an annual appropriation from the General Road Fund.
The appropriation for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is $13 million. This sum is distributed among the 120 counties according to the terms of a formula chosen by the General Assembly in 1964.
The program is selected annually after consultation between the Bureau of Highways and the Fiscal Court. A formal agreement has been signed by officials acting for the Bureau and the Court. It lists the roads to be maintained and the work to be done.