Friday, June 3, 2011

Report Lists How Much $ Each State Would Need To Maintain Roads

We've been talking for years about how decades of underinvestment in regular maintenance have left the nation's roads in poor condition, and the cost of repairing them is rising faster than we can address it. But just how bad is the situation? A report released this week by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states.

For instance, the report says 44% of Washington's roads have fallen out of good condition, and it would take approximately $426,173,431 per year over the next twenty years to bring them into good repair and keep them that way. The report goes on to say that, despite this need, that's not what we've been spending our transportation funds on.

Here's a link to the report so you can see where our money has been going. Plus, there's a cool interactive online map where you can click on each state to view transportation funding statistics specific to it.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.