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Pea Ridge National Military Park–The National Park Service has released its Fiscal Year 2014 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks.The$11.49 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.3 billion reported at the end of FY 2013. Pea Ridge National Military Park also has a backlog of deferred maintenance projects which totals $2,004,104.
Deferred maintenance is necessary work on infrastructure such as roads and bridges,visitor centers, trails, and campgrounds that has been put off for more than a year. Aging facilities, increasing use of park facilities and insufficient maintenance funding contribute to the growing backlog.
The Fiscal Year 2016 budget request includes a major effort to reduce the maintenance backlog for the National Park Service's centennial in 2016.
Superintendent Kevin Eads stated, "If funded, the National Park Service's 2016 budget request will allow us to restore our highest priority non-transportation assets to good condition."
"We are inviting the world to discover the special places in the National Park System, like Pea Ridge National Military Park during our centennial celebration. We need to have facilities that can accommodate guests and provide the best possible visitor experience," said Eads.
Park roads and bridges account for about half of the maintenance backlog. The National Park Service receives some funding for these projects through the Federal Lands Transportation Program in the surface transportation bill. Those funds expire in May.
President Obama's proposal for the transportation bill now under consideration in Congress includes $150 million in new funding for nationally significant projects that would be awarded competitively for major transportation projects on federal and tribal lands.
The National Park Service's overall budget request for non-transportation assets includes an increase of $242.8 million across operations and construction accounts, in combination with a mandatory proposal to provide $300 million annually over three years. Funding this proposal would enable the National Park Service to restore highest priority nontransportation assets to good condition over 10 years and maintain those assets in good condition.
Deferred maintenance figures by type, park, and state are available at
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