Equine Disequilibrium

Information drawn from the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 11, which includes Holmes County, which has a 40% Amish population, is presented. Roads frequently traveled by horse-drawn vehicles need to be resurfaced every four to five years, while roads more likely to be traveled by motorized vehicles need to be resurfaced about every ten years. The majority of damage roads sustain from horse-drawn vehicles is made by welded horseshoe spikes. Damage is also inevitable on road shoulders. Extra shoulder width is needed on roads being used by horse-drawn vehicles - at least six feet for comfort, eight feet for safety. Since revenues raised by state, federal, sales, and property taxes collected from the Amish typically are not applied to road repair, the Amish community offsets the gap through different methods, including donations to a road maintenance fund. Partnership with the Amish population of Holmes County in terms of transportation is touched on by the author.


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  • Accession Number: 01150668
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 2010 1:57PM