AASHTO official acknowledges tolling, privatization ‘backlash’

| 11/6/2007

The director of the organization that represents state highway and transportation officials says there’s a growing “backlash” to toll roads and privatization.

John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – AASHTO – told a group of private highway contractors recently that, at best, a combination of tolls and public-private ventures will take care of only 10 percent of the nation’s highway needs.

According to the group’s Web site, Horsley said the emphasis needs to be on keeping the nation’s Highway Trust Fund solvent.

Current government estimates are that the fund will fall more than $4 billion short in 2009.