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It’s time for Congress to actually set a goal for repairing our infrastructure (BLOG)

It’s time for Congress to actually set a goal for repairing our infrastructure (BLOG)

Transportation for America
21 Oct 2019 | Posted by Beth Osborne

We shouldn’t build new roads before fixing the ones we have. But that’s not how the federal transportation program is designed. Despite funding boosts, our backlog of maintenance needs have only increased because there is no requirement that federal funds be spent on repair.

The concept of fixing what you have before buying something new—when it comes to really expensive things—is pretty intuitive for most people. You should probably repair your leaky roof before building a new addition. You’d likely buff out that dent in the car you already own instead of buying a brand new one.

But what’s obvious to everyone is not obvious to lawmakers. Under our current federal transportation law, states are allowed to spend federal funding on building new (and often unnecessary) roads before fixing decaying ones, all without providing a plan for how they will maintain these new roads in the future.

This leads to massive and unsustainable fiscal problems... FULL ARTICLE

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