That’s no surprise. But the Department of Transportation’s Conditions and Performance report, based on 2010 data, gives a dollar figure (or two.)
To maintain and improve ROADS AND BRIDGES: It estimates that all levels of government would need to spend between $123.7 billion and $145.9 billion each year to maintain. In 2010, federal, State and local governments combined spent $100.2 billion on this infrastructure, including $11.9 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.
To improve RAIL AND BUS SYSTEMS: As much as $24.5 billion a year is needed. In 2010, $16.5 billion was spent. And that figure was boosted by stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“We have an infrastructure deficit in this country, and we need to create more jobs – improving our roads, bridges, and transit systems will provide help on both fronts,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a release. “As the President said in his State of the Union address last week, first-class infrastructure creates first-class jobs. This report shows the difference we made thanks to the Administration’s unprecedented investment under the Recovery Act, but it’s also clear that much more remains to be done.”
Photo shows ongoing construction of Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.