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Infrastructure Week 2019: #BuildForTomorrow

Maggie Kearns

May 13, 2019

No matter where you live, your political leanings, your age, or your education infrastructure has a profound impact on your daily life. We all need roads to travel on, lights to come on and water to come out of the tap.

 

For years, near-unanimous, bipartisan support for infrastructure investment has been steadily increasing, and leaders and voters in state houses and cities have been rolling up their sleeves, making tough but important choices, and rebuilding and modernizing transportation, water, and energy systems.

A Growing Issue

No state, city, or county alone can tackle the enormous and growing backlog of projects of regional and national importance, and Americans get it: more than 79 percent of voters think it is extremely important for Congress and the White House to work together to invest in infrastructure. We need federal leadership, we need a national vision, and we need a plan to pay for it.

 

Too much of our nation’s infrastructure is undermaintained, too old, and over capacity. Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers issues its Infrastructure Report Card, giving the nation’s aviation systems, roads, drinking and wastewater, ports and much more near-failing grades.

 

Nobody wants to spend an average of 42 hours a year sitting in traffic. Our airplanes still navigate using WWII-era air-traffic control systems, and our ports struggle to keep up with an economy that increasingly demands just-in-time deliveries to compete in the global economy.

 

Aged and overstretched drinking water and wastewater systems have contributed to weeks-long boil-water advisories and business shutdowns in Texas and Ohio; droughts in western states has caused wells and reservoirs to fall dangerously low; saltwater intrusion of Florida’s drinking water infrastructure, and dam and levee failures in California, South Carolina, and Louisiana have caused evacuations and put hundreds of thousands of people and homes at risk.

What is the Solution?

Innovative policies, technologies, and investments can be the solution to so many challenges.

 

Smart investments in transportation infrastructure not only create good-paying jobs, but also expand access to jobs and affordable housing across cities and regions. Better transportation infrastructure shortens commutes, reduces health-threatening congestion, and increases both worker productivity and leisure time. Affordable, reliable, clean water attracts new businesses from breweries to manufacturers. Modernizing and maintaining ports and supply chain infrastructure increases productivity, mitigates business risk, and lowers the costs of raw materials, food, and consumer goods. Investments in resilient infrastructure allow emergency responders to get to areas impacted by natural disasters faster and helps communities recover faster. It is more fiscally responsible to build once the right way instead of rebuilding repeatedly.

 

For two centuries, the federal government was the catalyst for the infrastructure projects that transformed America, made us a superpower, and built the middle class. Federal policy and public and private investment built the transcontinental railroad, the Panama Canal, the interstate highway system, and huge dams and the electric grid. We need leadership with vision and courage to tackle big projects again.

Infrastructure Week 2019

May 13-20, 2019, is the seventh annual Infrastructure Week – a national week of advocacy and education that brings together business, labor, and elected leaders to spotlight the need to revitalize, modernize, and invest in infrastructure. Many communities around the country are working hard to deliver projects that solve local problems.

 

At ms we are passionate about infrastructure; investing our time, knowledge, and experience to building, maintaining, and revitalizing infrastructure throughout our communities. From planning and design to construction, we know our cohesive and integrated approach to each and every project creates infrastructure which serve as cornerstones of thriving communities.

 

Together we can accomplish the unimaginable when we put our mind to it. We have to reignite that spark of innovation and ambition, and demand bold leadership to do what we know can – and must – be done. It is time to retire our old bad habits and start to build for tomorrow.

 

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