Tell the Trump Administration and Congress to include immediate financial relief for state DOT’s in future COVID-19 relief legislation! This will allow state DOTs and the transportation infrastructure industries to continue essential work to maintain and improve our critical surface transportation network, including interstates, highways, and rural roadways and support job creation and economic growth.
While the immediate infusion of Federal revenue is needed to preserve states’ workforce and maintain the highway program in the near term, Congress is also challenged with the fact that the current highway bill authorization, known as the FAST Act, expires in six months.
As an industry leader, we’re asking you to contact your senators and representative TODAY and urge them to quickly enact legislation that includes:
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The construction industry is essential to our nation’s economic strength, building roads and bridges to facilitate the movement of commerce and people, increasing the tax base, and supporting many well-paying jobs. However, amid the pandemic, state projections are showing significant declines in transportation revenue as a result of a 50 percent vehicle traffic decline. Specific impacts include individual state transportation revenue losses as high as 45 percent in the next 18 months.
Congress must provide state DOTs with immediate, additional funding to help backfill lost state transportation revenue to avoid further project delays, cancellations and, ultimately, construction worker layoffs. I am writing to urge quick congressional action to enact $49.95 billion emergency COVID-19 relief, as proposed by the state departments of transportation (DOT) through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Congress must act to provide an immediate revenue backstop for state DOTs, ensuring they can continue essential work to maintain and improve our critical surface transportation network over the next 18 months.
I also urge you to work with your colleagues in Congress to take up a multi-year reauthorization bill of at least five years and significantly increase transportation investments that will improve the conditions and performance of the National Highway System.
Thank you for your support!