By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

ONTARIO – Oregon’s roads aren’t in great shape, and they won’t get any better unless more money is collected and spent on the transportation system, state Rep. Cliff Bentz said recently.

Bentz, who represents Malheur County in Oregon’s House District 60, said Oregon’s roads – including hundreds of miles of asphalt in rural areas like this county – are either in bad shape or soon will be.

“I think it is important that everyone that wants transportation to continue as nicely as it currently works needs to recognize that our county roads are going to hell,” the Ontario Republican said.

The problem of maintaining roads can be especially acute in rural counties where funding is limited even as costs continue to climb.

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