Highway planning (21 - 30 of 109 items)
Highway And Transit Investments: Options for Improving Information on Projects' Benefits and Costs and Increasing Accountability for Results
GAO-05-172: Published: Jan 24, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2005.
Mobility is critical to the nation's economy. Projections of future passenger and freight travel suggest that increased levels of investment may be needed to maintain the current levels of mobility provided by the nation's highway and transit systems. However, calls for greater investment in transportation come amid growing concerns about fiscal imbalances at all levels of the government. As a res...
Comparison of States' Highway Construction Costs
GAO-04-113R: Published: Nov 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2003.
We are reporting to Congress on whether Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data can help transportation stakeholders understand how states' costs to build, reconstruct, and maintain federally financed highways, roads, and bridges (termed "constructing highways" for this report) compare. Durig our review, we became aware of significant issues regarding the quality of the data that FHWA collects...
Highway Infrastructure: Stakeholders' Views on Time to Conduct Environmental Reviews of Highway Projects
GAO-03-534: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
The federal government has a long-term commitment to helping states construct, improve, and repair roads and bridges to meet the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) expects to provide states about $20 billion for highway construction projects in fiscal year 2003. State departments of transportation are primarily responsible for initiating and completing projects. Man...
Trends in Federal and State Capital Investment in Highways
GAO-03-744R: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
Amid projections that freight traffic will increase 65 percent by 2020 and that traffic congestion will worsen, many transportation officials are concerned about the challenge of maintaining and improving the condition and performance of the nation's highway infrastructure. In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century increased funding for highways by 27 percent in real terms over t...
Trends in State Capital Investment in Highways, an E-supplement to GAO-03-744R
GAO-03-915SP: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
This publication presents state-by-state information on trends in state and local expenditures for capital projects on highways, state and local levels of investment compared with measures of highway use and income, and state sources of funding from 1982 through 2000. The trend information is also compared with federal levels of investment and state averages. This report is the companion to our re...
Highway Infrastructure: Perceptions of Stakeholders on Approaches to Reduce Highway Project Completion Time
GAO-03-398: Published: Apr 9, 2003. Publicly Released: May 12, 2003.
Constructing, improving, and repairing roads is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supplies most of the money (about $20 billion in fiscal year 2003), and state departments of transportation are primarily responsible for completing projects. Many federal and state agencies (called resource agencies) help ensure that environmental and other...
Federal-Aid Highways: Cost and Oversight of Major Highway and Bridge Projects--Issues and Options
GAO-03-764T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
Improving the oversight and controlling the costs of major highway and bridge projects is important for the federal government, which often pays 80 percent of these projects' costs. Widespread consensus exists on the need to fund such projects, given the doubling of freight traffic and worsening congestion projected over the next 20 years, yet growing competition for limited federal and state fund...
Highway Infrastructure: Physical Conditions of the Interstate Highway System Have Improved, but Congestion and Other Pressure Continue
GAO-02-1128T: Published: Sep 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
The Interstate Highway System has become central to transportation in the United States. It extends over 46,000 miles in length and includes 210,000 lane miles. The System carries over 24 percent of all vehicle miles traveling in the nation, while making up just 2.5 percent of total lane miles. Funding for the Interstate Highway System has been a major part of total highway funding since 1954 whe...
Highway Infrastructure: Preliminary Information on the Timely Completion of Highway Construction Projects
GAO-02-1067T: Published: Sep 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2002.
The United States is the most mobile nation on the planet. Constructing, improving, and repairing roads and bridges is fundamental to meeting the nation's mobility needs to facilitate commerce, national defense, and pleasure use and to promote economic growth. Therefore, it is important that highway projects using federal financial support are completed in as timely a manner as possible. According...
Highway Infrastructure: Interstate Physical Conditions Have Improved, but Congestion and Other Pressures Continue
GAO-02-571: Published: May 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2002.
Federal spending on Interstate highways has contributed to changes in residential and business land-use patterns. In 1991, GAO raised concerns about the condition of Interstate highways and rising levels of congestion. The original purposes for the Interstate system were to provide for efficient long-distance travel, support defense, and connect metropolitan and industrial areas. Today, the most i...