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County road’s future topic of Tuesday meeting

A crowd of over 20 gathered in the Potter County Commissioner chambers Tuesday morning to gather more information about the future of County Road #155.
Also known as 311th Street, the road stretches from Gettysburg to the Walworth County line, covering a span of 16 miles.  It was estimated that it would cost approximately $1 million to repave the road, with a chip seal maintenance cost of roughly half that every six years.
The road has been paved since the early 1960s.
In 2011, the cost to maintain that stretch of road was $123,000. Increased wear and heavy traffic have significantly deteriorated the road, requiring it to be repaired either by paving or milled and returned to gravel.
An opt out of the tax levy was proposed in the amount of $200,000 for 10 years, which would have levied a tax of 51 cents per $1,000 valuation for all property owners in the county. It was voted down in the June primary election by a nearly two-to-one margin. Other methods of revenue were discussed, including the possibility of a wheel tax. Potter County is one of 20 counties out of the state’s 66 without a wheel tax.
With the heavy truck traffic, the road continues to fall further into a state a disrepair. Currently, due to budget concerns, it is being patched as needed. Residents who travel that stretch had questions about the road’s fate. Concern about the condition of the road and how it can impact trade in Gettysburg was discussed, with the concern being that people may opt to do business in other communities rather than risk driving on that road to come to Gettysburg.
After further discussion by the commissioners it was decided not to return the road to gravel and instead leave it as is, and repair as necessary.
–Molly McRoberts