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Will pay per mile tax actually happen? (Getty Images)
Will pay per mile tax actually happen? (Getty Images)
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Will Charge-By-Mile Replace Gas Tax in WA? Yes, But Not In Our Lifetime

So much buzz has been surrounding the pilot plan starting soon in Washington state, where some 2,800 drivers will test out a DOT plan to charge motorists by the mile, instead of charging them a gas tax.

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facebook/city of kennewick
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Bob Olson Parkway In Kennewick Now Open

Bob Olson Parkway In Kennewick Now Open

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One of our many damaged roads, FEMA has declared Benton-Franklin Counties disaster areas (Benton County Road Department)
One of our many damaged roads, FEMA has declared Benton-Franklin Counties disaster areas (Benton County Road Department)
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Feds Declare 13 WA Counties Disaster Areas Due to Harsh Winter

Gov. Inslee's office announced Friday the Trump Administration has granted a disaster declaration for 13 Washington state counties, due to the damage caused by the harsh winter, excessive snow, followed by rain, melting runoff and other other factors that caused hundreds of millions in damages.

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Ruined road in Benton County (Benton County Road department)
Ruined road in Benton County (Benton County Road department)
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Gov. Declares State of Emergency for Benton, Franklin, Over Flood-Road Damage

Gov. Inslee's declaration means state agencies can provide any and all possible assistance, logistical and financial, to help the counties repair roads and other infrastructure damaged by flooding, snow, ice and the harsh winter.

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Many roads like this one are in bad shape in Franklin County (Newstalk870 file image)
Many roads like this one are in bad shape in Franklin County (Newstalk870 file image)
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North Franklin Farmers Frustrated Over Washed Out Road Closures

Some farmers North of Pasco are voicing frustration over what they believe are confusing or even misguided road closures in the wake of one of some of the worst winter weather damage seen in years. Roads in the county are like this everywhere, Benton County as well.

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Ruined Benton County  Road (Benton County Road Department)
Ruined Benton County Road (Benton County Road Department)
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Mother Nature Hammers Benton County Roads, Many Closed

One of the harshest winters in years has destroyed or damaged many Benton County roads, some are closed short-term, several probably won't be fixed for months. For those who don't travel into the outlying areas, these pictures are the first visuals of just how hard nature has been.

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Franklin County Declares State of Emergency Because of Roads

We have all seen the potholes and buckling roads, now the Commissioners are stepping in.

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We Have Many Potholes on Tri-City Roads… Ever Wonder Why?

Now that most of the snow has melted from our roadways I've noticed an awful lot of potholes... why does this happen? Why this year in particular...

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Accident near 4th and Steptoe (Kennewick police)
Accident near 4th and Steptoe (Kennewick police)
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Treacherous Ice Triggers Multiple Accidents Monday Morning

Kennewick and other law enforcement departments were kept busy with a number of accidents caused by slick roads Monday morning.

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Bad driver judgement results in other driver getting this (Kennewick police)
Bad driver judgement results in other driver getting this (Kennewick police)
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Driver Error, Snow, Sends SUV Into Brick Wall in Kennewick

A failure to yield and slick roads resulted in a collision at 10th and Edison in Kennewick Friday.

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