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Trucking industry wants better roads, bridges

Jackson County's transportation industry leaders said they wouldn't mind higher taxes to pay for improved roads and bridges, but they want accountability.

More than a dozen members of the trucking industry met with Southern Oregon legislators for lunch Tuesday at the Rogue Regency Inn.

"The bridges are so bad that we had to go through John Day (in rural northeast Oregon) just to get a crane out of state," said Combined Transport President Mike Card. "We can't always pass along costs, so the area's trucking companies are being hurt."

Trucking executives also voiced concern about workers' compensation costs.

Oregon Trucking Associations President Bob Russell said several gubernatorial candidates have raised the possibility of bringing the transportation commission into line with other state commissions. Presently the OTC has five members not based on geographical representation. Other commissions have seven members representing geographical regions.

From wire and staff reports