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Rubber Horseshoes Could Save Daviess County Roadways
Updated April 4, 2017 8:03 AM
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(DAVIESS CO.) - The Daviess County Commissioners have agreed to buy five sets of rubber horseshoes as an experiment.

Officials are looking for ways to deter road damage caused by traditional horseshoes in the county's Amish traffic areas.

Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius says the idea did not get a ringing endorsement from the Amish Community at an annual safety meeting. He told the Washington Times Herald that the response to the idea felt vague and some felt only two sets would be needed and not five.

Because they are on back order, Daviess County officials say the rubber shoes won't be arriving until August. Still, they believe correcting the problem of the horses damaging the roads is preferable to raising the cost of buggy licenses.

Officials say last year the licenses generated $122,000. That amount is not considered nearly enough to cover the road repairs for horse damage.

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