Roads are Mayors’ Top Public-Works Priorities

February 3, 2016

Mayors View Infrastructure Needs as Their Biggest Problem

Source: Engineering News-Record, Tom Ichniowski, January 20, 2016

Mayors view underfunded infrastructure as the “most pressing problem” they face, says a new survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Boston University’s Initiative on Cities.

The 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors, released on Jan. 20, says that nearly half of the mayors who responded to the survey say that infrastructure is their biggest challenge over the next five years or more—for issues that are primarily state or federal responsibilities.

That high percentage represents “a striking level of accord for an open-ended question,” says the report. No other topic received more than 20% of the mayors’ responses. “Nearly all of those who referenced infrastructure focused on a lack of funding for upkeep and improvements,” it adds.

Roads are mayors’ top public-works priorities—if they have significant new funding— with about 66%, followed by transit and water-wastewater-stormwater, each at slightly more than 40%, according to the report, which was released at the start of the conference’s annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.  Read More …

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