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RURAL STATES BEAR HIGH PER-CAPITA COST FOR NATION’S ROAD SYSTEM

RURAL STATES BEAR HIGH PER-CAPITA COST FOR NATION’S ROAD SYSTEM

DailyYonder.com
By Liz Carey
July 30, 2019

Wyoming’s transportation director says rural highways serve the nation’s needs, not just the interests of local communities. Congress should remember that in funding levels, he says.

The head of Wyoming’s Department of Transportation urged Congress to adequately fund rural roads as they work toward passing the country’s infrastructure spending bill this year.

Congress is working to pass a bi-partisan infrastructure bill that would authorize the Financing American Surface Transportation (FAST) Act for another five years or more. The bill, which provides funding and oversight of the Highway Trust Fund, expires at the end of September 2020. Without the funding, witnesses testified, projects funded with federal money would come to a stand-still.

In a hearing July 10 before the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee, K. Luke Reiner, the director of Wyoming’s DOT, testified that adequately funding rural roads was not only necessary for those more rural states, but for the country as well... FULL ARTICLE

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