By The Transportation Construction Coalition
The COVID-19 pandemic began as a public health and humanitarian crisis and quickly morphed into an unprecedented national economic and unemployment crisis.
Major sectors of the U.S. economy and our quality of life have come to a halt. Stock markets have fluctuated widely, many businesses are teetering, and unemployment claims have soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression.
Even in times of national emergency, our transportation infrastructure remains a critical lifeline, allowing essential workers to report to job sites safely and shepherding supplies to hospitals and grocery stores. First responders and emergency personnel continue to rely on reliable and quick routes. But this infrastructure network is also outdated and suffering from decades of underfunding.
Pavement conditions on one in five miles of federal-aid highways need improvement. Thirty-six percent of transit facilities are in poor condition. More than 230,000 bridges need repair or rehabilitation according to just released U.S. Department of Transportation data.
Congress and the President have enacted four laws to provide direct financial relief to the American people and businesses. More will be done if necessary. As we begin to reopen, policymakers should be forward-looking. The best way to ensure the nation’s economic recovery is by rebuilding our aging transportation systems.
There are few public sector actions that can deliver the same level of short- and long-term “economic shot in the arm” as robust transportation infrastructure investment. Increased highway, bridge and public transportation funding will support direct job creation and retention, while putting in place capital assets that enhance supply chain efficiency and access to jobs, services, materials and markets for decades.
Congressional efforts to advance multi-year highway and transit reauthorization investment proposals offer the best road map for a better future. We can create hundreds of thousands of jobs and build a stronger, more resilient economy. And the overwhelming bipartisan support for infrastructure investment is unparalleled.
Congress and President Trump let’s get the infrastructure bill done now.
About the Transportation Construction Coalition
Established in 1996 and co-chaired by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the 31 associations and labor unions that make up the TCC have a direct market interest in the federal transportation program. A complete list of members can be found at: www.transportationconstructioncoalition.org.
The TCC produced digital ads calling on lawmakers to re-open, renew and revitalize America’s economy by passing a multi-year transportation investment package.