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State of the streets: City engineer Karns discusses road problems

State of the streets: City engineer Karns discusses road problems

City engineer Karns discusses road problems

Stillwater News Press
By Jordan Bishop
Feb 27, 2020

Monty Karns is fighting a losing battle.

Stillwater’s city engineer is like most people tasked to fight the deteriorating infrastructure all around the United States. Most roads in Stillwater were paved about 40-50 years ago and since then, haven’t had much help as city appropriations were put into building other things.

Karns knows the roads in Stillwater are rough, but he is confident that in his third year and now with a fully staffed department, the path to better streets is on the horizon.

The City has invested $25.9 million in transportation since 2017, the year Karns was appointed city engineer. In January, the city released a detailed plan of projects set to start in 2020.

Karns said the money the department gets comes from a half-cent sales tax that is used for pavement management, which he said generates about $4 million. The other money in these city-announced projects comes from council-approved funds. Budgeting the money to the myriad of street issues presents a challenge that Karns and his staff have to find ways to work around... FULL ARTICLE

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