Federal Highway Administration awards grants to seven states

By |  September 6, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration awarded $14 million in grants to seven states to test new ways to fund infrastructure projects, according to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA).

California, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington received grants through the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives program, which is part of the FAST Act.

According to NSSGA, these states have various methods of collecting the fees for miles driven rather than a tax on each gallon of gasoline consumed in order to fund projects for roads, highways and bridges. For example, Oregon was the first state in the United States to launch a large-scale test of taxing miles driven rather than fuel consumed in a program that began in July 2015.

“The insights that these pilot programs will generate will provide needed steps toward developing a user-fee-based funding option for the surface transportation program that will sustain the future,” says Michele Stanley, NSSGA director of legislative and government affairs.

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