Alabama state lawmakers may debate soon on an increase in the state's gasoline tax to offset road and bridge construction. If this measure passes, it would be the first raise in the state gas tax since 1992.

The Alabama Legislature's Joint Transportation Committee will be holding meetings around the state during this month to discuss the possibility and hear from the public.

According to legislative members there are roads that were built for 20,000 cars per day that are carrying twice that number today. One third of the bridges are more than 50 years old.

Public hearings will be held on today from 10 a.m. - noon concerning state and west region's infrastructure needs, at the Northport City Hall.