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Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment

ACPA had the opportunity to hear a compelling presentation that could serve as a viable plan for Interstate highway investment.  

The presentation, Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future, was based on a consensus report developed in response to language in the FAST Act of 2015.  The language requested the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study of the actions needed to upgrade and restore the U.S. Interstate Highway System. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX); ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, and ACPA Executive VP Leif Wathne heard the presentation by the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta* and TRB Chair Norman Augustine during the TRB Chair’s Luncheon last Wednesday.  

One of the key points of the study suggests current spending levels are much too low, and that $45 to $70 billion are needed annually over the next 20 years to undertake the long-deferred rebuilding of pavements and bridges and to accommodate and manage growing user demand. 

Particularly encouraging is that this figure applies to Interstate highways only and not the full Federal-aid highway system or other highways.  To see some additional highlights of the report, please click here. To view an online copy of the presentation, please click here.  To download the complete report on which the presentation was developed, please click here. To see a video of Messrs. Mineta and Augustine commenting about the consensus report, please click here.

The TRB Chair’s Luncheon is the premier event of the TRB Annual Meeting, drawing an estimated 750 leaders in transportation from the public and private sectors throughout the United States and abroad. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. 

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* Mr. Mineta served as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and was previously a U.S. Representative. Mr. Augustine is the retired Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp.  They serve with more than a dozen other transportation and business leaders who provided oversight and other leadership in the development of the consensus study report.

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ACPA Issues Statement in Response to Highway Funding Extension

(August 9, 2014) – The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) acknowledges the work and efforts of the President and Congress in taking action on the Highway Trust Fund and the extension of the current highway and public transportation programs.

The President has signed into law a short-term measure that will transfer nearly $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund and extend the HTF and extend the highway and transit programs from September 30 until May 31, 2015.  

Although this, the fifth and latest temporary trust fund “patch” in seven years comes as a relief to the transportation-construction industry, ACPA continues to emphasize the need for longer-term solutions to meet the needs of the nation’s federal-aid highway system. 

The actions of the President, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, staved off depletion of the Highway Trust Fund and allowed the programs to continue at current levels.  Failure to take action, particularly on the HTF, would have required the U.S. Transportation Department to cut to funding for highway construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects.  Failure to act also would have put 700,000 jobs at risk, according to the Administration. 

“Although this measure avoids drastic cuts that would have adversely affected our industry, state agencies/owners, and others in the transportation-construction community, we remain very concerned about finding long-term solutions to address the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) issue and the critical needs of our nation’s highways,” said Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., ACPA President & CEO.    “We urge Congress and the Administration to work on addressing the HTF situation, as well as to support long term legislation that allows companies to invest in the future and agencies to adequately plan for the current and future needs of our highways. 

“Along with our other partners in the Highway Materials Group, we remain committed to a six-year surface transportation authorization to stabilize and grow the Highway Trust Fund, as well as the four reauthorization principles that have been circulated to all Members of Congress.”  

These principles include:

  • Increased investments needed to maintain and expand the highway system essential to meet the competitive demands of the global economy;
  • Fulfillment of the Constitutional responsibility as provided in Article 1, Section 8 to “establish Post Offices and post Roads,” which are the precursor of the National Highway System;
  • Retention of the user-fee based system that ensures all users of the highway system contribute toward its construction, maintenance and rehabilitation; and,
  • No more delays, which only makes the investments necessary to highways, roads, and bridges, more difficult and expensive.  

Voigt explained that more than a decade’s worth of short-term legislation and temporary fixes to the Highway Trust Fund have impeded the ability of many state agencies and private companies to make capital investments, to plan ahead, and to invest in the technologies necessary to remain competitive in the marketplace.

“Although the industry and agencies have adapted to austere budgets and anemic funding levels, the familiar guidance of ‘doing more with less’ has meant stagnation, lingering high unemployment, and an overall weakening of the highway and heavy construction industry, not to mention weakening our infrastructure.   Agencies have been increasingly forced to cover up real problems, instead of fixing them properly.    This is analogous to putting a paint job on rotten wooden siding,” he says.

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