Analysis shows states moved forward on 16,000 transportation improvement projects in 2021

March 25, 2022

ARTBA dashboard shows states leveraged $31.4 billion in federal funds with their own funds to advance nearly $57 billion in projects

State transportation departments moved forward on more than 16,000 highway and bridge improvement projects in FY 2021, according to a new analysis of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

The association’s “Federal Highway Investment Benefits by State” dashboard, compiled by Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, shows that states leveraged $31.4 billion in federal funds with their own funds to advance nearly $57 billion in projects.

“One of the most attractive benefits of major public investments in transportation infrastructure is they foster immediate economic growth and create tangible capital assets that are long-lived,” Black said in a statement. “We expect to see even more projects in the coming year as states work to obligate the record increase in FY 2022 federal funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was approved by Congress earlier this month.”

According to a news release from ARTBA, the top five states with the most projects are Missouri (1,040 projects); Michigan (903 projects); Ohio (796 projects); Indiana (731 projects); and Tennessee (663 projects).

Nearly half of the projects (43%) were for repair or reconstruction work. An additional 20% was used for adding capacity, such as a new lane or major widening, to an existing roadway. Six percent of funds were invested in new roads or bridges.

The five largest projects nationally that include a mix of federal, state, local, and private funds, are:

  • Georgia – S.R. 400 North Springs Marta Station to McFarland Road Express Lane ($3.8 billion)
  • Arizona – I-17 Split ($899 million)
  • Texas – Construct new roadway lanes/reconstruct existing roadway on IH 35E ($715 million)
  • Nebraska – 20th, Missouri River Omaha ($607 million)
  • Louisiana – LA 1: Leeville to Golden Meadow, Phase 2 ($524 million)

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Source: ARTBA