US ‘facing $180bn rural transportation backlog’

Rural roads and bridges have a combined backlog maintenance need of $180bn, according to a new report.

Credit: TRIP

Research published by national transportation nonprofit TRIP suggests there is a significant gap in the funding of roads, highways and bridges across rural America.

The $180bn sum is broken down into a $109bn backlog for rural road and highway rehabilitation, a $35bn backlog for needed rural bridge rehabilitation, and a $36bn backlog for needed rural roadway enhancements.

According to TRIP, the federal Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) will help to fill some of the backlog.

However, many states and authorities may look to alternative sources of finance to support the delivery of rural road and bridge improvements, such as toll roads and the P3 model.