Prayer #109: For Reduced Highway Maintenance During the Coronavirus Crisis
Some of you may have noticed while traveling along interstates and other roads that the grass along the road is not being mowed and is growing very long. Weeds are growing amidst the once-beautiful wildflowers that are planted along our interstates in North Carolina. The reason for this is COVID-related. The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is funded through the Motor Fuels Tax on gasoline, the Highway Use Tax, charged whenever a vehicle title is transferred, and the Department of Motor Vehicle fees for registration and other things. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, there have been fewer cars on the road, gasoline consumption has been down, and there have been fewer vehicles being purchased and registered. Thus, NCDOT's income has been drastically reduced. There was approximately a $300 million shortfall when the budget ended on June 30.
NCDOT has had to make significant cuts, and one of those has been in the area of roadside maintenance. Previously, roadside grass was cut 6 times a year, but now, only 3 are being scheduled, and even at that, the mowings are not always occurring. The result is rather ragged-looking roadsides along interstates and major highways across the state. The same is true in many other states in the country.
Pray that as the COVID-19 virus peaks and, we pray, lessens, that more mowing of roadsides will be able to be done. Pray for the loss of NCDOT funds to be quickly restored as people drive more. Let us remember to be thankful for those who mow thousands of miles of NC roadsides repeatedly over the growing season of each year.
Ps. 145:14: "The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down."