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Eco-minded drivers causing decline in funds for roads

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A state official said the days of Arizona spending most of its transportation money on construction of new roadways are in the rear-view mirror, at least for now.

Department of Transportation Public Affairs Manager Megan Kintner said the traditional funding sources of gasoline tax and vehicle license fees are declining.

Kintner said motorists are reducing their driving, seeking more fuel-efficient vehicles and holding onto their vehicles longer.

The Daily Courier reported that Kintner told a Yavapai County planning organization that the department from 2006 to 2011 devoted three-quarters of its revenue to highway expansion projects.

That's changed since then, with only 27 percent going to highway expansion and about equal shares going to highway preservation and highway modernization.

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