A third of major U.S. interstates and major highways are in poor or mediocre condition, but it’s a particular problem in urban areas with populations of 250,000 or more, said the report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the road advocacy group TRIP.
The groups are using the study as ammunition to get federal lawmakers to significantly increase spending in the next six-year federal highway bill, which Congress will begin debating this summer. AASHTO is pushing for an increase in federal spending from $286 billion to $470 billion in the next highway bill.
Or maybe we should realize that roads are an inefficient way to move people and goods, particularly in urban areas, and stop throwing good money after bad. How's about we tear down all the highways in poor or mediocre condition and spend that $185 billion on train tracks?