Commission says Massachusetts highways neglected

| 4/11/2007

Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission officials say state spending habits during the past 20 years will have an affect on future transportation and highway budgets.

“Our findings paint a dire picture,” commissioners wrote in a report issued in late March.

“The Transportation Finance Commission has concluded that our system has been neglected for years, and that the system we take for granted will fail if we do not take prompt and decisive action.”

The report does not suggest what that action might be, only that state transportation budgets must address anticipated deficits of between $15 billion and $20 billion during the next 20 years.