CRST may explore toll booths to pay for failing infrastructure

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CRST may explore toll booths to pay for failing infrastructure

Harold Frazier

CRST may explore toll booths to pay for failing infrastructure

Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier said this week that the tribe may consider adding toll booths to compensate for a shortfall in funding to maintain roads and bridges.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) announced Monday it is considering a feasibility study to determine whether it can and should set up toll booths on state and federal highway entry points to the Cheyenne River Reservation as a means of generating revenue to repair failing transportation infrastructure.

The contemplation comes on the heels of record-setting precipitation and subsequent flooding last year that resulted in serious damage to the transportation infrastructure on the reservation, as well as state and county roads and highways. Tribal officials say a vast majority of roads on the Cheyenne River Reservation are considered “unimproved” and, as such, are extremely vulnerable to changing weather conditions and will continue to degrade if recent weather trends continue.

In a statement issued by the CRST Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said, “We need to take such action because of federal neglect in the infrastructure property they have initiated. I have been all over Indian Country and realize that the federal government is not interested in helping anyone, so we have to do it ourselves.”

 

 

 

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