Operations & Preservation

Impact of State Aid on Local Roads

Renovation of local roads should depend primarily on the condition state of roads, and secondarily on traffic volume. However, those two important criteria are ignored by local governments while prioritizing roads for repairing upon receiving the state aid. State leverages local funds to renovate or resurface the roads with pedestrian paths and bike lanes. As a result, roads receiving state aid are only renovated or resurfaced, ignoring other roads needing urgent attention due to lack of funds. This is quite logical for local governments with scarce funding levels. However, the unintended consequence is that those neglected roads could become beyond repair and cause major investment by the nation. Hence a comprehensive cost benefit analysis should be performed before accepting state aid by local governments. Currently, there are no known tools for such analysis which are easy to use and accessible by local governments.

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