Our nation and state are currently facing a funding crisis in transportation. Today 86% of the highways in Texas are in good or better condition. However, if we continue maintenance at the currently planned investment levels, the percentage of highways in our state labeled in adequate condition will fall to 21% by 2025. Our infrastructure is rapidly aging as the majority of Texas highways were built 40 years ago and cement has a design life of 40 to 50 years. Similarly, state officials have shifted their focus away from transportation in recent decades. In 1980, transportation spending accounted for 15% of our state budget. In 2009 it accounted for 4.8%.
A major influx of capital is needed to maintain and restore our transportation infrastructure. The legislature must take on the issue of transportation reform in order to solve the imminent challenges of traffic congestion, deteriorating roadways, and rising costs in repair the longer we wait to restore our system. I am committed to work with leaders across the state to close the funding gap in transportation and ensure that our roadways meet the challenges of our expanding economy.