Americans want state and local agencies to decide on highway funding decisions, says survey
Most Americans are unhappy with the condition of the roads in their communities, according to a new America THINKS survey from Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB Corp. The survey says most Americans are looking for decisions from local and regional officials about how to prioritize fixing those congested, crumbling roads, and most would prefer paying tolls over taxes.
Fifty-four percent of Americans have a problem with the poor road conditions, and 50 percent say the nation’s byways are too jammed, according to the survey, released Aug. 9. More than seven in 10 (72 percent) feel that interstate highway funding decisions should be made at the local or state level, while 27 percent think that should be a federal responsibility. Most believe transportation departments — including state departments of transportation (28 percent), local and regional transportation authorities (28 percent) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (24 percent) — should be the primary decision makers for addressing the needs of interstate highways, not elected officials.
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