Coronavirus cuts transportation funding, puts major road and bridge projects on hold

Jene J. Long

WASHINGTON – One of the many side effects of stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic is a catastrophic decline in state and local transportation funding, which officials said threatens to bring road and bridge construction to a screeching halt for the next year and a half.

“It’s a very large concern,” Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), said of a projected 30% decline in transportation revenue nationwide. “This is a pressing, immediate issue.”

The financial crisis that resulted from shuttering much of the economy forced governments big and small to postpone construction, even as roads, bridges and tunnels crumble. Collections of gas taxes and tolls that fuel construction have plummeted as motorists stay home. Despite historically low interest rates, voters and their governments are leery of borrowing because of uncertainty about repaying the debt.

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10 Easy Projects for When You’re Stuck at Home

Jene J. Long

People are telling us that their increased time at home has made them aware of the many small repair jobs that tend to pile up. You don’t need a lot of tools and materials to tackle these, nor do you need much repair experience. Taking them one at a time can provide you with a little relief from the news cycle and a sense of satisfaction as you cross them off your to-do list.

Knife Sharpening

knife being sharpened
Cooking and eating more meals at home means it’s the perfect time to sharpen blades.

Trevor Raab

With all the time people are spending in their kitchens lately, it’s no wonder that the family cutlery needs a thorough overhaul. Fortunately, sharpening kitchen knives is pretty easy with a sharpening steel, a set of stones or a knife sharpener. Have a look at our article on the topic. And while gadgets can help you

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