By The Transportation Construction Coalition
As America battled the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, our transportation infrastructure network remained a vital lifeline.
It allowed essential workers to report to job sites safely and shepherded supplies to hospitals and grocery stores. It provided first responders and emergency personnel with quick and reliable routes to their destinations. And it continues to be critical to the delivery and distribution of vaccines.
A compilation of new data shows federal highway programs have also been a success story over the past five years.
From fiscal years 2016-2020, states leveraged $200 billion in federal funds to support over $340.5 billion in improvements.
Nearly 111,000 new highway and bridge projects have moved forward in 3,000 U.S. counties and parishes under the current law. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs were created or sustained along the way.
However, current funding expires Sept. 30.
In communities across America, thousands of other worthy projects are ready to be the latest examples of infrastructure renewal.
A robust, multi-year highway and public transit investment bill will supercharge the nation’s long-term economic recovery and productivity post-pandemic.
Let’s get the job 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 all lawmakers to act this year on a transportation infrastructure investment package.