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Government Report Calls for 20-Year Fix of Interstate Highways

(David Cullen – Heavy Duty Trucking)

While most government and think tank studies on the abysmal condition of U.S. roads are general in nature, a new congressionally mandated report zeroes in on the Interstate Highway System and finds the future of those ribbons of highway that tie the nation together so at risk that drastic action should be taken over a period of years-- including hiking federal fuel taxes and allowing tolling and per-mile-charges on more interstate routes.

The authors of the consensus report, which was prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the Dept. of Transportation, contend that the interstates are “threatened by a persistent and growing backlog of structural and operational deficiencies and by various looming challenges, such as the progress of automated vehicles, developments in electric vehicles, and vulnerabilities due to climate change.”

The report, titled “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future,” calls for a 20-year, multibillion dollar “blueprint for action” to save the Interstate system. This plan would include creating an “Interstate Highway System Renewal and Modernization Program,” increasing the federal fuel tax to help pay for it, and permitting tolls and per-mile-charges on more interstate routes. Click here to read more.