WASHINGTON — State transportation agency officials are working together to develop strategies aimed at making investment in infrastructure more palatable to the public, as their fears of a growing investment gap meet public concerns about issuing more long-term debt.

The thoughts and strategies of 24 state department of transportation members are documented in a new report released late last week by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Compiled from presentations submitted by state DOTs around the country during a June gathering in Irvine, Calif., the report reveals a pressing need for state officials to overcome the public's reluctance to pay higher taxes or support new bond debt.

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