What happened: State governments leveraged $29 billion in federal funds to advance $70 billion in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2020, according to ARTBA’s interactive Highway Dashboard. Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black compiled the latest Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data on more than 22,000 projects that moved forward last year.

Why it matters: The dashboard provides U.S. taxpayers, elected officials, news media, and the public with a clear look at how and where all 50 states use their federal highway program funds.

ARTBA’s take: “This dashboard is chock-full of projects that are real-world outcomes of the federal highway program,” Black said. “We encourage members of Congress, their staffs, and Biden administration officials to tap this valuable resource as they continue working on a robustly funded surface transportation infrastructure bill.”

Top five projects in 2020:

  • Virginia I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project, $3.9 billion
  • Indiana PR 69 New Road Construction Marion County Segment, $725 million
  • Arkansas I-530, Highway 67 Widening and Reconstruction, $631.7 million
  • Louisiana I-10, $592 million
  • Texas US 290, $556 million

(Includes advanced construction.)