Report: States Should Prioritize Repair Over New Roads

States could spend less overall on transportation if they spent more allocated dollars repairing existing roads, a report released Wednesday said. 

"Repair priorities: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads," says that states currently spend 43% of their total transportation money on repair, compared with 57% on new projects. The report was sponsored by Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense. It points out that new construction only accounts for 1% of state transportation projects.

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