The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) on Jan. 25 withdrew a dozen road construction projects involving maintenance on existing roads or safety improvements from February’s bidding process, citing federal funding uncertainty. Read More>>
A new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics has found that more Utah voters would support a higher state gas tax to improve the state’s road network than would oppose it. The results, sourced from 803 registered voters, found that 14 percent ‘strongly supported’ a gas tax increase for transportation purposes, and 36 percent ‘somewhat supported’ the concept. Four percent had no opinion, while the remaining 46 percent – let’s do the math for them.. ‘somewhat opposed’ or ‘strongly opposed’ such a measure. Read More>>
New Mexico drivers are paying an additional $2.4 billion annually, or as much as $2,040 per driver in some areas, due to the poor condition of roads, according to a report released Jan. 24 by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) research group. The New Mexico Department of Transportation is facing a $500 million annual funding shortfall, further exacerbating these issues, stalling projects, and leading to an increase in infrastructure deterioration. Read More>>
Arizona is facing a $30 billion transportation funding shortfall over the next 25 years, according to the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council’s Kevin Adam at a Tri-City Council meeting on Jan. 16. The limited funding could result in a halt to new transportation construction projects. Read More>>
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