MEDIA ADVISORY
NEW TRIP REPORT EXAMINES AGING U.S. INTERSTATE  SYSTEM’S CONDITION, USE AND FUNDING; FINDINGS SUPPORT REPORT REQUESTED BY CONGRESS THAT FOUND SIGNIFICANT NEEDS FOR INTERSTATE RECONSTRUCTION AND MODERNIZATION

STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION REVENUES FACE $50 BILLION DECREASE DUE TO COVID-19

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Report available on TRIP website at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
Contact TRIP spokespersons below to request an embargoed copy of the report or to arrange interviews via phone or video conference.

WHAT:

A new report to be released Tuesday by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC, examines the aging U.S. Interstate Highway System as it faces increasing usage, mounting congestion and deteriorating road and bridge conditions.

The report, “Restoring the Interstate Highway System: Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well-Maintained National Highway Network,” finds that as the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 64 years old, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements.

TRIP’s report ranks the states by Interstate systems that are the most congested, have the largest share of pavement in poor condition and bridges in poor/structurally deficient condition, have the highest fatality rate, have experienced the greatest increase in vehicle miles of travel (VMT) since 2000, and that carry the greatest share of commercial trucks.

Based on the findings of a 2019 report requested by Congress, the TRIP report concludes with a set of recommendations for the restoration and renewal of the Interstate Highway System.

CONTACT:

Rocky Moretti (TRIP) | 202.262.0714 (cell) | rocky.moretti (Skype)

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP) | 703.801.9212 (cell) | carolynbonifas (Skype)