This bill will strengthen our nation's transportation systems, it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and improve the safety of our highways and roads. Our roads, bridges and transit systems need immediate attention. We cannot afford to wait any longer. According to the Federal Highway Administration: *38 percent of major roads are in poor or fair condition, and 28 percent of our bridges are structurally deficient; *traffic congestion costs Americans more than 69.5 billion dollars annually in lost time and productivity; *57 billion gallons of fuel annually are wasted while motorists sit in traffic. This bill will make a difference in the life of every American by making it easier and safer to get from place to place. In passing this bill, the Senate puts this nation on the path to better roads, the path to shorter and safer commutes, and the path to more jobs.