Now that state leaders have approved funding, they should restore construction aid for municipal roads.
When Virginia’s transportation revenues dwindled to a trickle, the state’s funding formula didn’t make much sense. Divvying up the piece of the transportation budget earmarked for the 86 cities, towns and large counties that own and maintain their own roads didn’t give any community enough to do much more than fill a pothole or two with pennies.
So last year, legislators passed a law that temporarily changed the formula in an effort to steer the few dollars available toward initiatives they deemed most crucial. They gave the Commonwealth Transportation Board the power to spend up to $500 million annually on priorities that included bridge rehabilitation, paving state-managed roads and public-private partnerships.