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US Senators Hear from AASHTO about Potential Funding Crisis

Utah Department of Transportation Executive Director Carlos Braceras urged Congress Feb. 25 to pass a "robust, long-term" highway and transit bill before current authority for Highway Trust Fund programs expires May 31. Braceras, who is also secretary-treasurer of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, made the comments at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has responsibility for writing the highway portion of a bill. Speaking both on behalf of UDOT and AASHTO, Braceras told senators that repeated short extensions of federal programs in recent years was hurting the predictability states need to plan and finance infrastructure projects that support the economy.