Study: Alabama needs more road money

| Monday, October 27, 2003

A 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.

The 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.

The 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 by 2015.

The 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.
  • Vehicle miles of travel increased 47 percent from 1991 to 2001.

The study was conducted for the Alabama organization by The Road Improvement Program, which studies highway issues nationwide.

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