The Federal Perspective

by L. P. Lamm, US Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Rebuilding America: Infrastructure Rehabilitation


Between 1965 and 1982, the Federal Government spent about 125 billion for highway construction. Yet, elements constructed at the early phase of the Interstate System are now at the end of their design life and require rehabilitation. This is true, in part, for all highway systems. The authors estimated that a Federal, State, and local capital investment of 427 billion would be required between 1981 and the year 2000 to address needs of all roads on the Federal-aid system. This estimate of need is based on system deterioration rates, which in turn are based on increased travel by automobiles and trucks and on the mileage of roads approaching their design life. The tool used for estimating infrastructure needs was the Highway Performance Monitoring System, a joint Federal/State analytical modeling effort which is also available for State and local government use. Refs.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Highway engineering | Lifeline systems | Highway and road design | Federal government | Highways and roads | Assets | Financing

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