A NEW FOCUS FOR AMERICA'S HIGHWAYS RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAM

This AASHTO Report discusses and analyses the Federal-aid Highway Program, and includes recommendations for consideration by AASHTO and others when setting highway policy. The Interstate Highway System should be completed by 1990. A final Interstate Cost Estimate should be adopted, adjusted, and administered by the Federal Highway Administration. Interstate System completion funds should be exempt from obligation limitations. A system of Highway of National Significance should be established, to be comprised of the Interstate and Primary systems, plus bridges on all current federal aid highway systems, to be permanently funded from existing Federal Highway Trust Fund revenues. A continued federal role is recommended for highway safety construction, highways on federal lands, emergency relief, and 85% Minimum Allocation. Continued federal funding is also required to assist in meeting the substantial needs of state and local highways. A voluntary block grant to states is recommended for a Program of Highways of State and Local Interest, to be comprised of the Secondary and Urban systems, off-system bridges, and highway safety other than construction. Rather than the current practice of spreading limited federal funding inadequately among more and often conflicting demands, this report favors a program to concentrate federal resources toward those project requirements which are of truly national importance. While AASHTO supports full funding for the current Federal Aid System categories, anticipated federal revenues cannot, and should not, be expected to meet all the fund requirements. Should Congress wish to fully fund the traditional program categories, they should consider new additional highway user fees to accomplish that goal. To provide permanent federal support to the highway program and to enable a stable and predictable highway program, the Federal Highway Trust Fund should be extended indefinitely and obligation limitations eliminated. (Author)

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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 48 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00395942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM