The point is made that most highway spending for the next 15 years should go for improvements to existing rural roads rather than new construction. The deterioration of the nation's rural primary and secondary roads is a serious economic problem; bad roads waste fuel, increase tire wear and vehicle damage, and cannot handle truck traffic. At least 5 percent of our total road mileage must be renovated each year to maintain the status quo. The Highway Trust Fund could be an excellent source of additional funds to improve the rural road systems. Federal involvement in road and bridge maintenance is also needed. Currently, federal assistance for improving rural highway systems is on a 70/30 basis, and states have taken on some $7.38 billion of highway work under the program; thus proving their need to improve their rural primary and secondary highway systems and urban extensions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Construction Publishing Company

    2420 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA  United States  22201
  • Authors:
    • Goss, C C
  • Publication Date: 1976-3-1

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  • Pagination: p. 24
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129644
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM