Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) continues to have ripple effects on state transportation planning. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) March 29 became the 10th state to express uncertainty about the future of major projects if Congress does not stabilize highway funding before the current surface transportation bill expires October 1.
CDOT Federal Liaison Kurt Morrison said, “Without having the federal government as a partner, major projects like that [expansion to the I-25] are probably not going to get completed or get underway” and described the state budget as “strained.”
Nine other states have publicly expressed concern about the HTF situation and how it will impact their future activities, according to ARTBA research, including Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Arkansas—which has already halted work on 10 projects valued at $60 million. According to analysis of federal data, federal funds provide on average 64 percent of funding for annual Colorado highway and bridge project capital outlays.