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Travel on all roads and streets changed by +0.6% (1.4 billion vehicle miles) for December 2010 as compared with December 2009. Travel for the month is estimated to be 243.4 billion vehicle miles.

Cumulative Travel for 2010 changed by +0.7% (20.5 billion vehicle miles). The Cumulative estimate for the year is 2,999.6 billion vehicle miles of travel.

Based on preliminary reports from the State Highway Agencies, travel during December 2010 on all roads and streets in the nation changed by +0.6 percent (1.4 billion vehicle miles) resulting in estimated travel for the month at 243.4** billion vehicle-miles.

This total includes 78.4 billion vehicle-miles on rural roads and 165.0 billion vehicle-miles on urban roads and streets.

Cumulative Travel changed by +0.7 percent (20.5 billion vehicle miles).

The larger changes to rural and urban travel are primarily because of the expansion in urban boundaries reflected in the
2000 census. Travel estimates for 2004 and beyond will also reflect this adjustment.

Urban HighwaysUrban HighwaysRural Highways

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About the Federal Highway Administration
“FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although State, local, and tribal governments own most of the Nation’s highways, we provide financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.  Our annual budget of more than $30 billion is funded by fuel and motor vehicle excise taxes. The budget is primarily divided between two programs:  Federal-aid funding to State and local governments; and Federal Lands Highways funding for national parks, national forests, Indian lands, and other land under Federal stewardship. “

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