Fuel Excise Tax Helps Pave Navajo Roads

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SHIPROCK, N.M.-The Navajo Division of Transportation (NDOT) is preparing to apply intermixed cement to two miles of Navajo Route 546 (N546) in Shiprock, N.M. Known as Bluff Road, N546 runs along the San Juan River and intersects with Navajo Route 491 which is main thoroughfare in Shiprock.

NDOT completed the first phase of the project which entailed utilizing an Iron Wolf to break down large existing rocks on the road. After running the Iron Wolf, NDOT crews bladed the road to push aside any remaining rocks while creating a smooth surface to assist in applying cement.

The second phase of the project will consist of applying and intermixing cement material and water into the road. Applying the cement material will create a hardened and smooth surface. NDOT estimates the second phase to start in June 2019.

In total, the project will cost $250,000 dollars which is funded through the Navajo Road Fund and the Navajo Fuel Excise Tax. For every gallon of fuel purchased from gas stations licensed by the Navajo Tax Commission, 18 cents is put toward the Navajo Nation Road Fund.

By purchasing from licensed gas stations, fuel customers actively contribute to helping fund critical infrastructure projects like the paving of N546. NDOT continues to encourage everyone to Buy Navajo.

Executive Director Garret Silversmith said the division looks forward to the completion of this project.

“Ultimately the N546 improvements will enable smoother travel for all local community members,” he said. “In 2019, NDOT is planning to complete similar projects within our other four agencies.”