A Review of Practices for Municipal Road Maintenance Construction Funding Allocation in the United States

Minerva Bonilla, William Rasdorf, Min Liu, Majed Al-Ghandour

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Abstract

The State of North Carolina General Assembly allocates over 145 million annually from the Highway Fund to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to distribute financial assistance to about 508 municipalities for road maintenance and construction. The funds designated for municipalities are distributed to maintain transportation infrastructure (resurfacing of existing streets; construction and maintenance of city streets, sidewalks, and greenways; and planning) within their corporate limits. Currently, the funds in NC are distributed to eligible municipalities by a formula that allocates 75% of the money based on municipality permanent population and 25% based on municipality street mileage. While all fifty Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in the United States have a similar type of funding allocation for a similar purpose, each of them utilizes a different formula. The questions are: 1) What is the practice of 50 states for funding allocation for local streets maintenance and construction? 2) What factors do states consider when allocating funding and which are most commonly used? To answer those questions a comprehensive literature review on methods to allocate local street maintenance funding was conducted to obtain an assessment of the current practices of the fifty DOTs. In doing so, the factors being utilized in the distribution were identified. As a result, DOTs will be able to achieve a more equitable funding distribution for use in the construction of the United States municipal infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsDavid Grau, Pingbo Tang, Mounir El Asmar
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages832-840
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482889
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2020Mar 10 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTempe
Period3/8/203/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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