HNTB survey: Americans fed up with crumbling, jammed roads
Transportation departments – including state departments of transportation (28 percent), local and regional transportation authorities (28 percent) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (24 percent) – top the list of who many Americans think should be the primary decision makers for addressing the needs of interstate highways. Far fewer think this responsibility should be left to local (8 percent), state (7 percent) and federal (3 percent) elected officials.
Similarly, nearly half (41 percent) of Americans think the state departments of transportation – not federal or other state entities – should handle approving the addition of tolls on specific highways, bridges or tunnels.
“It’s clear Americans want to take the politics out of transportation prioritization and funding,” said Rahn. “It’s time for our elected officials to do the same so our critical interstate highway system remains a valuable, viable asset.”
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