The U.S. Congress recently supplemented the nation's meager highway funds through the sale of 101 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. One-time funding sources for the Department of Transportation have been tapped in the past and are being considered for the future.
The 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax hasn't been increased since the early 1990s. That rate has generated declining purchasing power due to inflation. A significant fuel tax hike is needed to maintain roads and bridges, some of which have reached a dangerous level of deterioration.
The concept of having drivers pay for the roads and bridges they use is easily understood and fair, but the U.S. Congress is run by cowards.