AASHTO Press Release, 23 August 2011
(Louisville, KY) – More than 500,000 jobs and countless state and local projects to modernize and improve transportation across the U.S. are in jeopardy, according to state transportation officials. At a news conference today, Susan Martinovich, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, along with several top officials of state transportation departments, sent an urgent message to Congress.
“We’re here today to sound the alarm,” Martinovich said. “Congress must take action by September 30th, or the federal highway and transit programs that support thousands of jobs in every state will shut down.”
Martinovich and others attending the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials outlined two critical actions that must be taken by Congress before the seventh extension of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation expires on September 30.