Jacksonville, FL - The federal transportation trust fund will reach a critically low level this summer, and Congress continues to stall on a comprehensive long term solution.
We’ve learned that could have an impact on the roads you drive every day.
The Florida Department of Transportation says we are in better shape than some other states, because only about one-third of Florida’s transportation funding comes from the federal government.
“We could survive an insolvent federal highway trust fund for three to six months, roughly, without any negative impact, Beyond that point, then there will be a tangible impact that just can’t be avoided,” says FDOT Public Information Officer Ron Tittle.
He says the FDOT has already been working on prioritizing funding needs.
“Safety and preservation is first,” he says.
Tittle says FDOT also ranks highly any project that involves a public/private partnership.
“The other projects that we’re working on or that we’re planning toward, we may have to start cutting back on those,” Tittle says.
That could include road repair projects for rough and bumpy- but not dangerous- streets as well as less mowing on state roads.
While those long term concerns are very real, Tittle says everything will continue to function as is in the short term, and he’s hopeful Congress will come up with a solution before the funding runs out.