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KEY FACTS ABOUT COLORADO’S ROAD AND BRIDGE
CONDITIONS AND FEDERAL FUNDING
Updated February 2007
The nation's roads and highways are the backbone of the U.S. transportation system, providing Americans
with approximately 3 trillion miles of travel annually. From commuters heading to work, people driving to stores,
church or the doctor's office and businesses shipping goods to customers throughout the nation and around the
globe, Americans depend on good roads in their communities.
But there are problems on our nation’s roads, highways and bridges. With traffic congestion worsening
and road and bridge deterioration continuing, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the current
backlog of unfunded but needed road, highway and bridge repairs and improvements is currently $461 billion.
In 2009, Congress will be required to reauthorize the current long-term federal surface transportation
program -- the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users
(SAFETEA-LU). This legislation will have a significant impact on the future condition and traffic congestion
levels of the nation’s key roads, bridges and highways.
Federal Funding for Our Nation’s Road and Bridge System Generates Jobs;
Making Needed Highway Improvements Assures Economic Security
• Our nation’s highways, transit systems, railroads, airports, ports and inland waterways drive our economy,
enabling all industries to achieve the growth and prosperity that have made America strong and prosperous.
• A U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) study concludes that for each $1 billion of federal spending
on highway construction nationwide, 47,500 jobs are generated annually.
• The USDOT study also states that every dollar invested in the nation’s highway system yields $5.40 i