Massachusetts to focus on road maintenance

| 1/21/2003

For years, states across the country have focused on building new roads and expanding the capacity of the interstate system.

But earlier this month, Massachusetts became the latest in a string of states to break from that tradition. Gov. Mitt Romney announced during a public appearance the state would shift its focus away from creating more road capacity toward repairing its transportation infrastructure, The Boston Globe reported recently.

''Massachusetts can no longer afford to allow our existing system to crumble under the weight of overuse and officials' neglect,'' Romney said in a press release. ''We need to redirect the state's resources to reflect a priority on repairing what we already have.''

Those expansion projects already approved will be prioritized. However, The Globe said Romney didn’t say how he would prioritize those projects. Nor did he give details of his plan to shift funding priorities.