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Iowa's fuel tax is going up, how long before road fixes?

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By CATHERINE LUCEY
Associated Press
  
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With a fuel tax increase taking effect, how quickly can Iowa drivers expect to see road improvements on their daily commutes?
  
State and county officials say there will be additional road work underway later this year, but it's too soon to talk specifics. The 10-cent a gallon increase starts at the pump March 1 and is expected to generate over $200 million annually for Iowa's bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient.
  
Lyle Brehm, county engineer for Tama and Poweshiek counties, says he has a "very long list of repairs."
  
The Legislature approved the tax increase several days ago in a bipartisan deal. Gov. Terry Branstad quickly signed it into law.
  
The tax was last raised in 1989.

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