Why the US Needs to Focus on Infrastructure
Last month, a bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, killing over 20 people and injuring dozens more after a violent and sudden storm went through the region. Although this terrible incident happened in Europe, it gives our federal and state governments more reason to examine on our own infrastructure. And to do something about it rather than continue to stall progress through partisan politics.
Much of our federal, state, and local taxes go to repairing roads and building new ones, maintaining bridges, highways, streets, and managing tunnels like the Lincoln Tunnel, which in 2013 saw over 50,000 cars traveling through its system per day.
According to a 2015 article from The Hill, the United States federal government spent $96 billion on infrastructure. On August 13, 2018 USA Today released an article citing states with the worst infrastructure. Rhode Island is among the worst, with 24.6% of its roads in poor condition and with 23.3% of its bridges deficient. Almost a quarter of their bridges and roads are crumbling! Hawaii comes at number one with the worst infrastructure. An incredible 93.2% of their dams at a high hazard risk.
Federal and state budgets include almost a hundred billion dollars for infrastructure. Yet our roads are full of potholes, our dams are at risk, and our bridges are crumbling. What will it take for Rhode Island and Hawaii, as well as virtually every other state, to wake up? Will our politicians wait for people to die before they act?
Federal and state governments need to stop the political rhetoric and bleeding our tax dollars. They need to get to work on making sure Americans and their families can travel safely. Otherwise it won’t be long until we see something catastrophic happen, and our elected officials will have no one to blame but themselves for the inevitable disasters if nothing is done.
The lack of progress is reprehensible. Whatever your politics may be, fixing our crumbling infrastructure should be devoid of political debate. It is a matter of life or death.