transportation funding is at a critical level
We are rapidly approaching a time when the department will no longer be able to fund basic transportation needs. The Idaho Transportation Board has determined that Idaho needs a minimum of $240 million in additional funding each year to address the state’s increasing transportation funding backlog.
Without an increase in
transportation funding in the next three years, the Idaho Transportation Department
will no longer be able to:
Roads and bridges
||One out of every five miles of state highway pavement is deficient
||Bridges are designed
with an approximate 50-year life span. About 50 percent of Idaho’s
bridges will be 50 years or older within the next 10 years.
||These bridges will require increased funding for maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and replacement.
Construction costs are soaring
The National Construction
Cost Index (CCI) has increased over 69 percent between 1997 and 2006. The cost
of construction materials such as asphalt, concrete, and steel continue to rise