Repair Priorities 2014: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads

Source: Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, March 2014

From the summary:
State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining the ones they have—despite the fact that roads are crumbling, financial liabilities are mounting and conditions are not improving for America’s drivers. … The report examines road conditions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, how much states currently invest in road repair and how much they would need to spend to adequately maintain America’s roads.

Between 2009 and 2011, states spent $20.4 billion each year on road expansion. During that same period, states spent $16.5 billion on road repair—not enough to keep road conditions from declining. From 2008 to 2011, the amount of roads in good condition decreased from 41 percent to 37 percent, while the number in poor condition increased from 17 percent to 21 percent.

– These spending decisions come with serious implications for DOT finances and taxpayers.
– State leaders—including governors, legislators and DOT officials—have the ability to change these priorities for the better. ….