States are advancing on 16,000 transport improvement projects: CEG

According to a new analysis of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data driven by the Highway and Transportation Builders Association of America (ARTBA).

The association “Federal Highway Investment Benefits by State” dashboardcompiled by Chief Economist Alison Premo Black, shows that states mobilized $31.4 billion in federal funds with their own funds to advance nearly $57 billion in projects.

The top five states with the most projects are:

  • Missouri: 1,040 projects
  • Michigan: 903 projects
  • Ohio: 796 projects
  • Indiana: 731 projects
  • Tennessee: 663 projects

Almost half of the projects – 43% – were for repair or reconstruction work. An additional 20% was used to add capacity, such as a new lane or major widening, to an existing roadway. Six percent of the funds were invested in new roads or new bridges.

A map allows visitors to see how each state has deployed federal funds and the major projects that have received federal support.

The five largest nationwide projects that include a mix of federal, state, local, and private funds are:

  • Georgia – SR 400 North Springs Marta Station to McFarland Road Express Lane ($3.8 billion)
  • Arizona – Division I-17 ($899 million)
  • Texas – Build new highway lanes/rebuild existing roadway on IH 35E ($715 million)
  • Nebraska – 20th St., Missouri River Omaha ($607 million)
  • Louisiana – LA 1: Leeville at Golden Meadow, Phase 2 ($524 million)

“One of the most attractive benefits of major public investments in transportation infrastructure is that they promote immediate economic growth and create long-lasting tangible assets,” Black said.

“We expect to see even more projects in the coming year as states work to compel the record increase in federal funding for fiscal year 2022 available through the Investment Act and the Infrastructure Employment (IIJA) that has been approved by Congress,” Black added.

The scorecard is intended to provide U.S. taxpayers, elected officials, the media and the public with greater transparency about how federal highway program funds are invested each year. It allows users to see how each state has deployed federal funds each year and presents major projects dating back to 1950. Black populates the dashboard using data reports submitted to the Budget Management Information System ( FMIS) of the FHWA.

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