Congressional Digest

Congressional Digest September 2012 No. 7 Vol. 91
Transportation Infrastructure Investment

Transportation Infrastructure Investment

2012-2013 Policy Debate Topic

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In its first year, 1916, the Federal highway program was a $5 million public works initiative limited to rural post roads. Since then, the Nation has built a vast highway infrastructure that includes about 4 million miles of roads and 600,000 bridges. The United States spends approximately $160 billion each year on building, operating, and maintaining this system, with about $40 billion of that total coming from the Federal Government.

Congress periodically enacts multiyear legislation authorizing spending on surface transportation through the Federal-Aid Highway Program, which distributes the funds to States …

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