SAINT JOHN, N.B. — City councilors renewed their calls for the province to turn over money collected from fuel taxes to help pay for Saint John’s crumbling roads.
Coun. Stephen Chase suggests the provincial government has under-funded the maintenance of Hwy. 100 over the last decade.
Chase says it’s unfair for Saint John residents, who have paid $42 million in fuel taxes last year, yet roads are falling apart such as Rothesay Avenue and Fairville Boulevard.
The province, which owns Hwy. 100, turns over maintenance funds to the city every year for upkeep. Municipal Operations manager between 1991 and 2000 Paul Groody, says the city requested $8.9 million to maintain provincial highways within the city boundaries, but only received $3.7 million.
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