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Inflation and Deflation

States scramble as federal highway funding erodes

States scramble as federal highway funding erodes

As drivers travel aging roads and crumbling bridges, federal highway funding is failing to keep pace with inflation in nearly every state — and some such as Maryland are suffering a sharper decline than others, according to an analysis of transportation spending.

By one measure, the amount of federal highway money available to Maryland has fallen nearly 9 percent since 2008, to $587 million last year, the sixth-steepest decline in the nation. State officials and independent analysts note that other metrics show the state is faring better.

Transportation professionals and policymakers who follow the issue closely say federal highway funding is not keeping up with the costs of...