Rob Portman

Working to bridge the highway funding gap

Working to bridge the highway funding gap

The collapse of a bridge on Interstate 10 between California and Arizona last weekend brought into sharp focus an alarming statistic: More than 60,000 bridges in the United States are structurally deficient. The money to fix such problems in the highway system, however, is increasingly hard to come by in an era of fuel-efficient vehicles. Authorization for the current federal highway program, which is financed mainly with gasoline taxes, is due to expire at the end of the month, which would leave the Highway Trust Fund empty within a few weeks. And even if it is renewed, the revenue from the federal gas tax isn't keeping up with the demand for construction dollars. The simplest...