Without action by Congress, the federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides more than half of the country’s transportation investment and funded over $603 million in Connecticut state projects last year, will run dry on July 31st.
4th District Congressman Jim Himes says more than half of Connecticut’s transportation funding could be cut off, likely costing Connecticut hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
Speaking on the House Floor last week, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, urged leaders to pass a long-term solution that will repair America’s deteriorating roads, bridges, and transit systems.
According to a recently released U.S. Department of Transportation report, 73 percent of Connecticut roads are in poor or mediocre condition. These poor road conditions cost the average Connecticut driver to spend $628 every year in otherwise unnecessary repairs and expenses. In addition, 35 percent of Connecticut’s bridges are structurally deficient, functionally obsolete, or both.
Esty says a great nation does not respond to a crisis with duct tape, but rather leads with bold action.