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America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction (OPINION)

America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction (OPINION)

The Hill
BY CHRIS JAHN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
08/07/19 04:10 PM EDT  

It’s no secret that our country’s infrastructure is in desperate need of investment after years of neglect. We’ve all groaned and said some choice words when hitting deep potholes or been late to an appointment due to road or bridge closures. As our network of roads and bridges have continued to crumble, the situation has degraded from an occasional personal inconvenience to a serious barrier to national economic growth and prosperity.

The infrastructure network we depend upon to move people and commercial goods has long outlived its designed lifespan and is operating on borrowed time. For agriculture, recent flooding in the Midwest highlights how vulnerable our network is, the extensive nature of disrepair and how quickly critical food supply chains can be severed. These disruptions are not just headaches for the fertilizer and farming industries; they can potentially lead to higher prices on everyday goods for all consumers.

Last week Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) demonstrated much needed leadership by introducing “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019,” legislation that would provide $287 billion over five years to maintain and repair our crumbling roads and bridges. The funding level authorized in the bill is a nearly 30 percent increase over current levels and will be a much-needed economic shot in the arm for all communities and local economies across the country... FULL ARTICLE

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