SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Congress has now passed a temporary fix to keep federal highway funding flowing to states.

The funding that comes from the federal Highway Trust fund is critical to keep transportation aid going to states.

It helps fund projects like the work to the elevated portion of I-91 through Springfield going on right now.  Roughly 80 percent of that project’s funding is coming from federal dollars.

That funding was at risk to be cut off if Congress did not come up with a way to replenish the funds by Friday, July 31st.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

The House plans to vote today on a new short-term extension for transportation funding, extending solvency for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to October 29, and will leave on their August break this afternoon, essentially shirking any responsibility in taking up the Senate’s long-term funding option.

Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival.

The developments set the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial highway deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. And the ultimate outcomes on the highway bill and the Export-Import Bill were uncertain, although it looked likely late Monday that Congress would consider a short-term highway extension.



The SAI team demonstrates excellent communication and understanding of complex structure design/construction activities. They addressed any concerns with the construction unit/railroad promptly to not delay any field activities. The team's knowledge was a true asset on this complicated bridge project with railroad involvement.

Kristen Swan, P.E., PennDOT, District 9-0
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