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Report shows $836 billion national backlog for highway and bridge work

The U.S. has a backlog of about $836 billion worth of highway and bridge work, according to an analysis released this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The analysis, a product of collaboration between the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, was part of a biennial report named “Conditions and Performance.” This year’s estimate for needed road and bridge repairs and reconstruction was about 3.4 percent higher than the previous report’s.

“We have an infrastructure system that is fundamental to the nation’s economic health, and it needs greater attention and resources,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

The report also found that the U.S. has a backlog of $90 billion worth of maintenance work on transit infrastructure and other assets. This number is expected to increase to $122 billion over the next two decades if  maintenance spending remains at its current level.

“This report shows the impact of the lack of investment in infrastructure,” Carolyn Flowers, acting federal transit administrator, said in a statement. “The results of that neglect can be seen throughout our country as both reliability and safety suffer.”

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