Highway Capital and Economic Productivity

Originally published in Progress (Washington, DC: Surface Transportation Policy Project), Spring 1999. Revised in 2003 for Reconnecting America
  • Hank Dittmar


At the national level, two basic arguments have been made to advance the thesis that highway investment is good for the economy. First, the addition of highway capital stock is said to make it easier for goods to be delivered quickly and efficiently, thus reducing transportation costs for private companies and enhancing their productivity and presumably that of the nation. The second argument is that highway investment leads to good jobs in the highway construction and supply industries, as well as has a ripple effect through those workers participating in the goods and service economies of the nation.

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