The latest quarterly National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI) from the Federal Highway Administration includes a major revision, the first since its creation 10 years ago. The new measure reflects that highway construction costs have increased by 67 percent...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Due to a constrained budget, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced July 11 that many new highway “capacity” projects to add lanes or build roads would be delayed as they focus a majority of...read more
Current low fuel prices make it a “good time” to increase motor fuel taxes in order to fund transportation projects, according to a Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research report released Feb. 15. The study concluded that businesses and...read more
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...read more
Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) signed into law Feb. 24 a bill which will provide $450 million for state highway improvements. Senate Bill 2103, known as the Surge Funding Bill, will dedicate $1.1 billion from the state’s Strategic Investment and Improvements Fund for...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): 2 percent.
- Diesel and special fuels: 4 cents-per-gallon.
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.