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Transportation Groups Want State of the Union to Highlight Infrastructure Needs

Transportation Groups Want State of the Union to Highlight Infrastructure Needs

Transport Topics
February 4, 2019 2:15 PM, EST
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter

Infrastructure policy needs to be among the major mentions during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Feb. 5, stakeholders and senior aides told Transport Topics recently. (Update, Feb. 5: At SOTU, Trump calls infrastructure plan 'a necessity')

The annual address to Congress that affords the self-proclaimed “Builder-in-Chief” with the opportunity to articulate policy initiatives should detail a new blueprint for fixing the potholes and dilapidated airports Trump has criticized over the years. A new infrastructure plan from the administration ideally should call for greater reliance on federal dollars and less dependence on the private sector, stakeholders told us. The White House’s 10-year, $1.5 trillion plan last year fell flat, simply because Capitol Hill rejected its reliance on nonfederal funding.

Almost everybody is in agreement that repairs to the system are badly needed. Take, for instance, the infrastructure networks in Washington state, Georgia, and North Dakota, which recently earned mediocre grades from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The inability by state officials from those states to alleviate highway congestion ranked high on the list of concerns spelled out in the report cards. Washington and North Dakota earned a “C” and Georgia did slightly better with a “C+.” Keep in mind, just two years ago the engineers gave the country’s overall infrastructure a “D+” grade... FULL ARTICLE

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