January 16, 2014
The Capital Budget: A Closer Look at Transportation Funding
A less visible but just as important part of the Capital Budget funding is the nitty-gritty investment needed to take care of the assets already in place in the County. Like roads.
After County Executive Ike Leggett first took office, his administration did the first-ever inventory of County roads -- to assess their condition and prioritize repairs. This initial step resulted in major investments over the years for County roads.
“In the eight years before I took office, the County spent $37 million on our primary and arterial roads. For my first eight years, we will have spent $66.7 million – 80 percent more,” Leggett said.
“In the eight years before I took office, the County spent only $17.7 million on our residential streets and on rural roads. The figure for my administration is $137.6 million – a 676 percent increase.
“And,” he noted, “keep in mind we did this during the Great Recession.
See the news release for list of specific road projects funded in the FY2015 Capital Budget.