Legislative Update: House and Senate Approve ARC Fiscal Year 2004 Funding; Senate Committee Approves Multi-Year Highway Bill Containing ADHS Funding
On November 12, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a new multi-year highway bill that would authorize $590 million per year for work on the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). The measure would replace the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which expired on September 30 and has been temporarily extended through February 29, 2004. The annual ADHS funding level under TEA-21 was $450 million per year. Full Senate action on the bill is not expected until next year. The House committee has not yet taken up the highway bill.