Monday, July 29, 2013

Despite Federal Stimulus Spending Only 38% of Maryland Roads in Good Condition

Only 38 percent of Maryland’s roads are considered in “good condition,” while slightly more were found to be in “fair condition” according to a USA Today and TRIP transportation research group analysis of Federal Highway Administration data.

Forty percent of Maryland roads are considered in “fair condition” and 22 percent of the state’s roads are rated as in “poor condition.” Seven percent of Maryland’s bridges are structurally deficient according to the data.

The analysis looked at data for all roads eligible for federal highway dollars and found a slight increase (0.7 percent) in the percentage of miles in poor condition between 2008 and 2011.  USA Today notes that this increase came in the wake of $27 billion in infrastructure spending from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In addition to revenue from the gas tax, Maryland received $771 million in federal stimulus spending.   

So why does Maryland have such a low percentage of roads in good or fair condition? Where did all that money go?

Governor O’Malley and the legislature raided the Transportation Trust Fund and the federal dollars to pay for other spending.  In total O’Malley and the Democratic controlled legislature raided $868 million from the trust fund.  Transportation spending actually decreased by $90 million.  The $868 million has not been repaid to the fund.

O’Malley’s gas tax—sold as a measure to pay for new roads and infrastructure maintenance—took effect earlier this month.

Remember that $868 million, when you’re paying more at the pump.  You’ve been taxed twice for roads not built and bridges not repaired. 

1 comment:

dwb said...

firstly, I think this study was done by a think tank whose job it is to lobby for more road money.

Honestly, Maryland roads are fine. Significantly better than PA, and they get by just fine.

Second, the transportation fund will continually be raided. That's because maryland pensions are less than 66% funded. Heck, we could cut them 25% and they STILL would not be funded.

Maryland will never tax its way out of this mess. people will move to VA leaving MD a hollow shell and in bankruptcy.

the real problem as i see it is that republicans have been ineffective in urban & suburban areas at communicating the dire need for change before Baltimore ends up like Detroit. Statewide elections require voters in Baltimore, PG, Montgomery, and Howard county. Even some Democrats are starting to run against the unions, realizing the problem. I see headlines about Frosh and Gansler, nada from any republican candidates. you cant win elections in stealth mode.