Extra semis will damage Jefferson County roads
To the editor:
When Heartland builds their grain elevator, many hard working Jefferson County farmers will get a better profit on their corn due to reduced travel costs. Also, there will be 30 construction jobs lasting six months and six permanent jobs at the grain elevator when it opens. Those are all good things for the economy and the community. But who will pay for the accelerated road damage resulting from 200 semi-trucks arriving each day from five surrounding counties?
According to a U.S. government report, a fully loaded five-axle tractor trailer causes as much pavement damage as 9,600 cars. What will that do to area roads? Heartland Co-op owns the land east of Fairfield and they can build what they want, but why are the county supervisors sticking taxpayers with a $2.5 million loan obligation for improvements on Nutmeg Avenue?
The supervisors say they plan to repay the $2.5 million loan with the tax revenues from Heartland. But what if Heartland goes out of business? Then the taxpayers are stuck with the bill for improving a road that didn’t need improvements. If Heartland wants to come to Fairfield, then they should pay their own way. The county will have its hands full trying to pay for the increased road damage of 200 semi-trucks.
– Keith DeBoer, Fairfield