When was the last time you saw workers repairing your local bridges? Are they safe?

This is an issue both parties agree on and yet very little has been accomplished. It’s time to get this moving forward, for both our economy and for the safety of our citizens.

64 years ago, President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act of 1956. This bill created a 41,000 mile interstate system for our nation. Prior to this system, many roads and means of travel were paid for by private companies that did so for the long term profit. While that was a great start, Eisenhower and most Americans saw the need for a government built system that served the entire population and they were willing to pay the gas tax for it. 

64 years was a long time ago, and many roads and bridges were built before then. Our roads, ports, and bridges need repairs to keep up with the increasing wear they endure. When I am teaching the rise and fall of empires or nations in my history classes, one of the first signs of their decline is lack of funding of a state’s infrastructure. 

Today, when many industries are in the midst of transitioning technology and reducing jobs, if the US invests in its infrastructure, many jobs could be created and people trained with new skills that would make them more employable once they return to the private workforce.

We need to implement sustainability in all updates and new construction and build with the future in mind.

We need to hold public services, like water companies, accountable for updating their infrastructure. We saw recently in Chattanooga how losing access to water for a prolonged time can threaten lives and bring our economy to a halt.

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