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As Washington Debates Infrastructure, States Aren't Waiting For Help

Congress should focus on reinvestment rather than building new infrastructure because many roads, bridges and other systems across the country are reaching the end of their useful life.

As the federal government has scaled back its investments in transportation and other infrastructure projects over the years, states and localities have quietly picked up the slack.

And while President Trump pledged to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure during the 2016 campaign, voters across America approved $225 billion for a variety of transportation ballot measures in that same election.

Last year, a record 77 transportation measures made it onto ballots in 23 states, according to the Center for Transportation Excellence. Fifty-five of those were approved for a success rate of 71 percent, a figure in line with recent years, but at a greater scale.