Stat: 57% of all state highway funding goes towards NEW road construction.
A study completed in June 2011 by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers For Common Sense goes into to full depth as to how we are wasting our money nationally by continuing to invest in building new roads over repairing what we have. [Full Study]
From the introduction:
For decades, states have invested disproportionately in road expansion and left regular repair and preservation underfunded. Between 2004 and 2008, most states spent more on expansion than repair and added a cumulative 23,300 miles of roads to their transportation systems during these years. These projects represented only 1.3% of total state-owned highway miles, yet their construction accounted for a staggering 57% of combined road repair and expansion expenditures during this period
If you live in an area like I do, you can easily see the signs of this on a daily basis. Road extensions, by-passes, and expansions continue to take priority so as to induce “economic development.” Meanwhile residential streets and main thoroughfares are left neglected and are deteriorating a rapid rate. It’s not a matter anymore of if it will catch up to us – it’s how soon.