TRIP: Arkansas roads, bridges face increasing deterioration
TRIP says this funding has served as an important down payment on needed road, highway, bridge and transit improvements but is not sufficient to allow the state to proceed with numerous projects needed to modernize its surface transportation system.
“The federal surface transportation program, which expires on Dec. 31, 2010, remains a critical source of funding for road and bridge repairs and transit improvements in Arkansas,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP, in a written statement about the new report. “It will be critical that Congress approves a new federal surface transportation program that could include a significant boost in funding for highway and transit improvements in Arkansas.
“While the state has put a combination of federal and state funds to good use in the past, in the coming years, many additional needed projects will remain stranded on the drawing board because of insufficient funding,” Wilkins continued. “It is critical that the state adequately fund its transportation system and that Congress produces a timely and adequately funded federal surface transportation program. Thousands of jobs and the state’s economy are riding on it.”
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