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Infrastructure – whether it involves the roads and bridges we travel on or the electricity and water we use – is the foundation of the United States economy. Without it, businesses would not be able to create and sell the goods we love, and we would be unable to commute to work and get from point to point. Infrastructure shapes every aspect of our modern lives.
But the fact is that America’s infrastructure is aging and in dire need of repairs. Just look outside your car window. Our interstate system is nearly 70 years old, and more than 61,000 bridges are labeled as deficient. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ in its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. And the United States keeps falling behind. The evidence is in clear sight.
These conditions cost the average U.S. motorist $324 dollars a year in vehicle repairs, as well as adding up to 5.5 billion hours each year of Americans stuck in traffic. Reliable infrastructure is needed to move goods and services overseas and help the United States participate in the global economy.
Infrastructure is essential for continued economic growth, and it is time for Congress to take the first step and make a long-term highway funding commitment. Need more convincing? Here are some hard facts: