These roads were often routes through sub-divisions and less traveled than primary roads and interstates. But Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton says they were not state funded initially.
"All of them were built by developers under the approval of the localities, and then when the developers are done, they turn it over to us," says Connaughton.
But as the state pays for a growing number of major road projects, it's time for localities to help, although not overnight or without local input. He says this may include allowing localities to tax themselves to pay for roads. But there may not be a one size fits all solution. So it's essential that local leaders suggests options for the state to consider.