By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Americans drove more than 3.2 trillion miles in 2016, a record high and the fifth straight year of increased miles on the nation’s roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The record “underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and affirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure,” FHWA said in a statement.

Total vehicle miles traveled in 2015 was just over 3.1 trillion. In 2016, the 13-state Western region led the nation with a 2.9 percent increase in miles traveled. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

FHWA’s monthly Traffic Volume Trends report is based on state data collected from more than 5,000 continuous traffic counting stations nationwide. It also shows travel on all roads in December 2016 rose by 1.3  billion vehicle miles, or 0.5 percent, from the prior December to 263.6 billion miles.

For more information, including vehicle miles driven by U.S. region, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov.