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Only 5.2% of Highway Funds Used to Build New Roads

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(CNSNews.com) – Approximately 5.2 percent of funds obligated to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during fiscal years 2009-2011 actually went to the construction of new highways.

An additional two and a half percent of that funding went to new construction of bridges, according to a Jan. 16 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled “Highway Trust Fund Obligations, Fiscal Years 2009 to 2011.”

Between FY 2009-2011, the Department of Transportation [DOT] authorized $144 billion from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to four separate administrations within the Department. Of that $144 billion, $116.7 billion went to the FHWA.

FHWA then devoted 81 percent ($94 billion) of the funding it received towards “construction and maintenance purposes.” Of the total $116.7 billion to the FHWA, $6.094 billion (5.2 percent) was spent on the construction of new highways and $2.963 billion (2.5 percent) on new bridges.

The remaining 19 percent of FHWA funds were devoted to “Transportation Enhancements” and “Other” costs that included but were not limited to: “planning,” “Rail/Highway crossing,” and making carpool (HOV) lanes operational.

The Transportation Enhancements category contains costs separate from construction and maintenance.

For example, FHWA spent $1.951 billion on “facilities for pedestrians and bicycles” as well as an additional $9 million on “preservation of abandoned railway corridors.” “Transportation Enhancements” also included $98 million for “safety and education for pedestrians and bicyclists.”



  1. Brian in BC

    February 4th, 2013

    Well then we should just give them MORE money as they obviously don’t have enough to fix the stuff they are supposed to…right…right?

    (note, the preceeding was a Progtard logic moment).

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  2. Tim

    February 4th, 2013

    So, the farging bastards are plundering the Highway Fund just like Socialist Security and Medicare?

    Why am I not surprised?

    They’re ALL criminals!

    Why can’t we accept the evidence of our own eyes?

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  3. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 4th, 2013

    This is nothing new. The Prog-States misappropriate highway and bridge money all the time. They steal the bridge maintenance money to pay for things like high speed rail. Why do you think bridges fail so catastrophically?

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  4. Edith McCrotch

    February 4th, 2013

    I wonder how many bullets were bought and listed under “other”.

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  5. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 4th, 2013

    I know a lot of that money went to buy those effing ORANGE TRAFFIC CONES! They are spreading like a virus in our town and nothing is being built or repaired. All about keeping up appearances.

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