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1 year ago
Did you know that one in nine U.S. bridges is structurally deficient? All 66,405 deficient bridges laid end to end would stretch 1,500 miles all the way from Mexico to Canada across the widest part of the United States. Anyone up for a 28-hour road trip on one long bad bridge? Not many people would volunteer for that trip, yet we unknowingly take 260 million individual trips over deteriorating bridges every day. To put that number in perspective, McDonalds will only serve 64 million people worldwide today. U.S. drivers probably took that many trips over deficient bridges during the morning rush hour alone! Those findings and much more come from The Fix We Are In For, the brand new 2013 edition of our report looking at the condition of the bridges in our nation. Just like in 2011, we have an interactive map of all deficient bridges where you can find those nearest you, updated with the most recent data. Last summer, Congress made some major changes to the new transportation law, eliminating the dedicated bridge repair program and making 90 percent of our deficient bridges ineligible to receive repair funding from the largest highway program. Those bridge needs will now be competing with all the other transportation needs in your community. We do need to invest more money, but Congress needs to restore the confidence of the American people by holding states accountable for the condition of their bridges and ensuring that repair is a top priority. Too often the mundane yet critical repair projects just are not as sexy to politicians who would prefer to stand behind a ribbon cutting. That is why we need to remind them often that repairing our infrastructure is just as important. Tell Congress that repairing our country's infrastructure should be a top priority. We can not sit by as our existing infrastructure goes begging for long-overdue repairs. Please SIGN and share. http://action.smartgrowthamerica.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14485 This post was modified from its original form on 20 Jun, 16:44
thanks Susan!
1 year ago
signed
1 year ago
Signed! Thank you Susan!
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