Money for area road projects… including future plans to widen I-55 around Springfield… could be in danger unless Congress can resolve an impasse over highway funds.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin blames House Republicans for refusing to allocate enough money to cover road projects that have already been slated for the current fiscal year… and says that could bring some projects to a halt.
And Durbin predicts the impasse could continue in the years ahead without an agreement on new funding sources for the Federal Highway Trust Fund.
One idea floated by Durbin is a modified federal motor fuel tax assessed not on the number of gallons consumed… but on the number of miles driven.