Infrastructure funding on hold

Infrastructure funding that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill.

Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, funding for highway transportation was supposed to increase by $2.4 billion in 2017. Now that will not happen until at least April after House leaders presented another continuing resolution that will keep spending at 2016 levels until then.

“Instead of carrying out the promise of rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems, the Continuing Resolution ignores the FAST Act transportation funding levels that were approved a year ago, resulting in a $2.4 billion reduction in transportation investment which will impact the next Spring’s construction seasons,” said Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio of the Transportation Committee.