Report: State needs to spend almost $15B to maintain roads

SEATTLE — Washington state would need to spend nearly $15 billion over the coming decade just to get its transportation system of roads, bridges and ferries to a “minimally acceptable condition,” according to a state report.

The Seattle Times reports that’s twice the current spending on preservation, which the Washington State Department of Transportation defines as planned repairs that extend the life of an asset, as opposed to stopgap jobs like pothole filling.

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Preservation funds would grow in all four versions of the multiyear transportation packages lawmakers have proposed this legislative session, ranging from $10 billion to $22 billion, using mainly higher fuel taxes or carbon fees.

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