Transportation and Counties


Under MAP-21, funding available for locally-owned bridges and Federal-aid highways decreased 30%. Restore funding for infrastructure owned by counties in the next surface transportation bill.



Take Action

On July 31, Congress passed a short-term patch that will keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent and extend the current federal surface transportation law--Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)--through May of 2015. Had Congress failed to pass this measure, the Highway Trust Fund would have become insolvent and MAP-21 would expire at the end of September. While avoiding a major transportation funding crisis through this short-term measure was necessary, counties need to tell Congress that a long-term vision and funding certainty are what's best for our country's transportation infrastucture.

In addition to asking Congress to provide long-term funding certainty, counties should advocate for policies that support locally owned infrastructure. When MAP-21 passed Congress in the Summer of 2012, it made significant changes to the federal highway programs that caused a 30 percent decrease in the funding available to the roads, highways and bridges owned by counties and other local governments.

As the owners of 45 percent of the nation's roads and 39 percent of the nation's bridges, it's critical that counties urge Congress to fix the cracks in federal funding by returning these dollars to the local areas. Specifically, counties should tell Congress to get more money down to local decision-makers by increasing the suballocation of federal funds to local areas.

For additional information on transportation advocacy, please contact Jessica Monahan at 202.942.4217.

  • Action Item: Show your members of Congress how MAP-21 impacted the funding available to locally-owned infrastructure in your state by sharing your state's profile (available in the "Show Impact" tab above).
  • Action item: Ask Congress to support locally owned infrastructure by fixing the cracks in MAP-21's funding and increasing the amount of federal highway dollars that get suballocated to local areas.
Get Social


​Use the following messages to contact your member of Congress using social media. Feel free to use one of the messages below or create your own.

@SpeakerBoehner Inaction on #HTF is creating uncertainty for counties #FixTheTrustFund NOW!

​@McConnellPress #Counties own 45% of roads, 40% bridges, can't afford for Congress to wait #FixTheTrustFund NOW!

​@NancyPelosi #Counties can't afford for Congress to wait #FixTheTrustFund NOW!

​Short-term patches for the Highway Trust Fund cripple long-term transportation planning #FixTheTrustFund NOW!

Inadequate federal funding for roads & bridges hurts #county infrastructure, local economies #FixTheTrustFund NOW!

Long-term federal transportation funding is critical to #counties #FixTheTrustFund NOW!​​

​#Counties seek long-term solution for #HTF and multi-year transportation reauthorization bill​

Critical to nation's #counties that funding increase for their highways and bridges

​#Counties own 45% of nation's public roads, 39% of bridges #MAP21 funding essential

​#FixTheCracks in 30% decrease in #MAP21 funding for #counties and other locals,

​Local govts own 50% of nation's bridges; 67% of all structurally deficient bridges in U.S. #FixTheCracks #MAP21