• How big is the state’s transportation
The Nevada Department of Transportation currently estimates
the budget shortfall at $5 billion. However, with rising construction
costs and rising demand around the world, this estimate is a
moving target. The longer we wait, the greater the cost will
• How does the Nevada Highway Users Coalition
propose generating new revenue?
At this time, the NHUC is focusing entirely on creating public
awareness of the state’s looming transportation crisis
and is not advocating any specific solution. However, the coalition
is paying close attention to all ongoing funding discussions
and may advocate specific solutions in the future.
• Where can I get more information?
For additional information about the problems facing Nevada’s
transportation infrastructure, visit the Nevada Highway Users
Coalition Web site at fixNVroads.com.
• How can I get involved?
Educate yourself about this looming crisis, and then educate
your friends, co-workers and neighbors. Join the Nevada Highway
Users Coalition. Also, contact your legislators to tell them
that funding the state’s transportation infrastructure
is a critical need that must be addressed.
Why Should You Care?
• You will spend more time sitting in traffic
if we don’t increase the capacity of our roads and highways.
• In recent years, traffic in Nevada has grown 9 times
faster than capacity.
• 44 percent of Nevada’s urban highways are already
• In just three years there will be at least 100,000
more vehicles on our streets and highways.
• The average motorist in Las Vegas already spends an
entire work week sitting in traffic each year. Each of those
people wastes an average of 27 gallons of gasoline during
• You are less safe driving on Nevada’s
roads than you should be.
• On average, more than one person dies each day on
• Nevadans are 42 percent more likely to die in a traffic
accident than people in the average state.
• Nevada recently received an “F” for the
safety of its roads from The Road Information Program.
• You will likely spend more money in taxes the
longer we wait to address our road problems.
• The Nevada Department of Transportation estimates
a $5 billion shortfall in highway funding.
• The cost of raw materials for highway projects has
spiked 35 percent in the past five years.
• The primary revenue source for the state’s Highway
Fund hasn’t increased since 1992.
• The buying power of the state’s gas tax has
shrunk 43 percent since it was last raised.
More People = More Traffic
Since 1990, vehicle travel in Nevada has
9 times faster than new highway capacity was added.
- Nevada’s population has doubled since 1990, totaling
2.4 million in 2005
- From 1990 to 2005, the number of annual vehicle miles of travel
(VMT) in Nevada increased by 103 percent from 10.2 billion to
- During the same period, Nevada’s total lane miles of
highways increased by only 12 percent
- Nevada’s population is expected to increase another
84 percent to 4.6 million by 2030
- By 2030, vehicle travel in Nevada is expected to increase
by another 125 percent, to approximately 47 billion annual VMT
(Source: TRIP report)
Deteriorating Road Conditions
Reconstructing roads costs approximately
4 times more than resurfacing them.
- Pavement failure is caused by a combination of traffic, moisture
- Road surfaces at intersections are more prone to deterioration
because the slow-moving or standing loads occurring at these
sites subject the pavement to higher levels of stress
- Moisture also increases the rate at which roads deteriorate
by penetrating into road surfaces and the materials that form
the road’s foundation
- Since 2004, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT)
has been unable to fund pavement repairs at a level that would
maintain current road conditions
- In 2006, NDOT estimated that the state needed to spend $158
million on projects to maintain current road conditions but
was only able to fund $83 million
- From 2004 to 2009, NDOT estimates that the state needs to
spend $1.27 billion on pavement repairs for its most critical
roads and highways but will only be able to fund $506 million
during this period – a $768 million shortfall
(Sources: TRIP report and NDOT where cited)
Traffic on Nevada's roads and highways continues
to increase with the booming population.
- 44% of our highways are rated “congested” because
they carry a level of traffic that is likely to result in delays
during peak travel hours (TRIP report)
Highway congestion costs drivers time and
- In major metropolitan areas, the average rush- hour driver
spends as many as 93 hours per year in traffic, the equivalent
of more than two weeks of work, or a typical family vacation.
This annual “traffic tax” represents as much as
$1,600 in lost wages according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
(US Dept. of Transportation)
- Every minute spent stuck in traffic costs each Nevadan between
14 and 42 cents, depending on whether you are on your way to
or from work or if driving is an aspect of your employment.
(Computation based upon the Parsons Study
on Washoe County Traffic Congestion. The mean wage for all occupations
was reported by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training
Congested highways pose a major threat to
- The Federal Highway Administration has found that every $100
million spent on needed highway safety improvements will result
in 145 fewer traffic fatalities over a 10-year period.
Our elected officials have the power to address this
problem and make our roads and highways safer.