AASHTO Board Highlights Need for Long-Term Fix to Highway Trust Fund Shortfalls

The chief executives of state departments of transportation told Congress and the incoming Trump administration that even after last year's Fixing America's Surface Transportation, the Highway Trust Fund will soon be back in crisis mode unless lawmakers provide a long-term funding stream for it.

Officials at the Nov. 12-15 annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials discussed the potential for a soon-to-be President Trump to follow up on his campaign promise to send Congress a major infrastructure investment plan.

But the state officials wanted to underscore the need to move beyond temporary infusions into the trust fund and dedicate more revenue to put it on solid footing for many years to come.

AASHTO's board – which includes the CEOs of all state DOTs plus those of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia – approved one resolution Nov. 15 at its annual meeting that offered the "vast policy and technical expertise" of AASHTO and member DOTs to President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to help them develop infrastructure improvement initiatives.

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