PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A state official said the days of Arizona spending most
of its transportation money on construction of new roadways are in the rear-view
mirror, at least for now.
Department of Transportation Public Affairs Manager Megan Kintner said the
traditional funding sources of gasoline tax and vehicle license fees are
Kintner said motorists are reducing their driving, seeking more fuel-efficient
vehicles and holding onto their vehicles longer.
The Daily Courier reported that Kintner told a Yavapai
County planning organization that the department from 2006 to 2011 devoted
three-quarters of its revenue to highway expansion projects.
That’s changed since then, with only 27 percent going to highway expansion and
about equal shares going to highway preservation and highway modernization.