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Infrastructure Spending

The American Society of Civil Engineers rated the condition of our nation’s bridges with a C+ and roads received a D.

LIUNA members build America, from our roads and bridges to our transit systems. However, the transportation system that was once the envy of the world has now fallen into disrepair, putting lives at risk and jeopardizing our economic competitiveness. Roads and bridges are also chronically under invested in, each year falling billions short of what’s needed.

 

Key Points

  • Nearly a fourth of bridges are deficient or obsolete, and poor road conditions contribute to a third of all traffic fatalities.
  • The U.S. economy is dependent on surface transportation. $1 of every $10 of the gross domestic product is tied to moving goods and people. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 170,000 miles of our roads are in poor condition.
  • Bringing our highways up to par would create more than 1 million jobs a year and leave behind real assets for future generations.
  • Based on figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation, an annual $17 billion investment to make our bridges safer could spur the creation of 476,000 jobs.

 

Take Action

Learn more about LIUNA’s “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” campaign by clicking here.

 

Help push congress to pass a long-term, full-investment Highway Bill. Take action at www.fixourbridges.com.

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