100 days and counting: Hope for the best, but expect highway bill extensions
by Kevin Jones, FleetOwner.com
By the end of the week, there will be 100 days to go before federal funding expires for highway projects. And if Interstates could be paved with bipartisan good intentions, trucks would have smooth roads indeed.
Alas, even as leaders from both sides of the aisle recognize the need for a multi-year transportation program, another short-term patch becomes all the more likely.
On Wednesday, Environment & Public Works, the committee charged with the policy portion of the highway bill in the Senate, convened a panel representing state DOTs responsible for building and maintaining the roads and the businesses which depend on them.
“You have a proud, outspoken liberal and a proud, outspoken conservative in total agreement on what we should be doing,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of EPW.