April 12, 2019 12:00 PM, EDT

Road Builders Coalition Visits Washington in May to Push for Trust Fund Fix

Road construction near Las Vegas Road construction near Las Vegas. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The Transportation Construction Coalition of road builders and labor unions is scheduled to meet for its annual advocacy meeting in Washington next month to call for long-term funding for infrastructure projects nationwide.

The coalition of nearly three dozen groups will gather for a “fly-in” event May 14-15, to coincide with Infrastructure Week. The advocacy forum held primarily in Washington brings together other groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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At their “fly in,” the coalition specifically will advocate for ensuring the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, an account used to assist states with maintenance and building projects. The account relies on dwindling revenue from the federal fuel tax, and its funding authority expires in less than two years. Despite groups calling for a fuel tax increase, neither Congress nor the White House has formally endorsed the policy.

The coalition is chaired by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Associated General Contractors of America.

“A generational opportunity to turn blueprints and big thinking into a 21st-century infrastructure network stands before us,” the coalition and Americans for Transportation Mobility wrote in an editorial in March. “Congress and the president need to get moving.”