With the Highway Trust Fund newly bolstered, the Federal Highway Administration again is reimbursing state departments of transportation daily for highway obligations they incur. Daily repayments resumed on Sept. 19, four days after an $8-billion trust-fund infusion was enacted. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters on Sept. 5 said a deficit loomed for the fund’s highway account and directed FHWA to repay states once a week instead of twice daily. But the rescue plan was approved quickly and Peters said FHWA on Sept. 18 “paid all current state payment requests” for aid.
FHWA is shifting to one payment a day, from twice daily. FHWA spokesman Doug Hecox says most states send invoices weekly. He says the change won’t be harmful.