ADOT taking comments on construction plan.

As the Arizona Dept of Transport begins plans for making improvements to the state highway system over the next five years, the major focus will be on preserving existing infrastructure to ensure that it remains in good condition, while providing a reliable transport network for drivers. It can be a tough balance, as constrained funding cannot meet all transportation needs around the state.

The 2016-2020 tentative five year transportation facilities construction program will be available for public comment through ADOT’s website and during the first of three public hearings beginning next week.The Five-Year program is a lineup of projects that is annually updated.It designates how much local state and federal funding is allocated for those projects over the next five years to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and serves as a blueprint for future projects. This includes bridges, highways, transit and aviation.

Limited funding amid growing statewide transportation continues to be the biggest challenge over the next five years. Fewer dollars dedicated to transportation is a result of less revenue from traditional sources of transportation funding, like vehicle license tax and state gas tax, which support the Five-Year Plan. The state gas tax is currently 18 cents per gallon and has not been increased for more than 20 years.

These transportation funding challenges have signaled a shift to a strong focus on preservation of the state highway system, to protect a system valued at $19.7 billion.
It would cost approximately $200 billion to replace our existing highway infrastructure, should it fall into disrepair…. MORE

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