The top Arkansas highway official told a special committee last week that state and local governments should be spending at least $300 million more each year to maintain the network of state, county, and city roads.

Dan Flowers, the director of the Highway and Transportation Department, told members of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance that the state currently spends $400 million on road and bridge construction. Proper maintenance of the 16,400 miles of state highway would require at least an additional $200 million a year, Flowers said.

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