recent study contends that Alabama needs a significant increase
in funding to maintain its current roads and to build new ones, The Birmingham News reported.
study, which was commissioned by the Alabama Roadbuilders Association,
calls for the state to ask Congress for a large increase in federal
funds to the state.
Roadbuilders’ study also cited traffic statistics to back up its
conclusions, pointing to an 18 percent increase in urban highway
traffic between 1996 and 2001, and an expected 40 percent increase
study – quoted in the group’s magazine, The Alabama Roadbuilder – also said:
- 28 percent
of the state’s urban highways are congested. In 1996, the figure
was 15 percent.
- Lane mileage
– the number of lanes multiplied by the number of highway miles
– increased 1 percent from 1991 to 2001.
miles of travel increased 47 percent from 1991 to 2001.
study was conducted for the Alabama organization by The Road Improvement
Program, which studies highway issues nationwide.