Official: Idaho roads face funding challenges
August 27, 2008
BOISE — A state transportation official says one out of every five miles of highway in Idaho is “deficient” because of more drivers, an aging road system, and shortfalls in federal funding.
Darrell Manning chairs the Idaho Transportation Board and met with state officials on Tuesday to discuss a troubled outlook for Idaho roads.
Officials say they need an extra $240 million a year to make up for past deficits in federal funding to pay for transportation costs, such as highway repairs.
Manning says the state also gets transportation funding through taxes on gas and vehicle registration fees, but neither of those revenues has increased since the 1990s.