By John Schneidawind, vice president, public affairs, ARTBA
State governments moved forward with nearly 111,000 new federal-aid highway and bridge projects during the past five years under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act law, new research from ARTBA shows.
“Our research illustrates tangible success stories of the federal highway program,” ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer said. “Such real-world project outcomes would be even more robust under the highway and transit investment bills advanced by the House and Senate in the last Congress.”
ARTBA’s two-page compilation of Federal Highway Administration data was released to coincide with the Feb. 24 Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the surface transportation program, which is due by Sept. 30.
“This report highlights the benefits and value the federal highway program brings to communities all across America,” ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black said. “Congress and President Biden have a unique opportunity to build on the successes of the FAST Act and make significant new infrastructure investments to fuel the nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery.”