March 17, 2017
By: Daniel C. Vock
(Governing) President Trump has made no secret over the course of his campaign and early administration that he thinks it takes too long for infrastructure projects to get approved and built. A report from The Wall Street Journal last week indicated just how much he'd like to speed things up: The president wants states to start building within 90 days of getting federal money, compared with the years it can take for projects to start now.
The biggest hold-ups for most projects, though, come from federal -- not state -- regulations. State and county transportation officials say federal environmental, safety and workplace reviews can more than double the time it takes to complete a project...