Excerpts from Construction Dive By Kim Slowey
According to an Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) national poll of almost 2,000 registered voters released Tuesday, the majority of Americans — regardless of political affiliation — believe U.S. highway, bridge and energy grid infrastructure is in dire need of repair.
Additional findings from the AEM poll:
- Respondents believe that state (76%), federal (72%) and local (70%) governments should be doing more to improve infrastructure.
- Nearly half (46%) of respondents believe U.S. infrastructure has deteriorated over the last five years, and 49% said it is the federal government’s duty to fund the necessary repairs.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reported earlier this year that in 2015, nearly 10% of the nation’s 600,000 bridges were structurally deficient, and the USDOT said there was a 21-year, $115 billion backlog for bridge repairs as long as the country invested in them at its current pace.
In another report, the American Society of Civil Engineers said in May that the U.S. will lose 2.5 million jobs and $4 trillion in gross domestic product over the next decade if it can’t overcome the impending $1.44 trillion deficit in infrastructure funding. The ASCE said surface transportation (highways, transit) needs the most investment and that if the U.S. doesn’t figure out a way to meet that need, the funding shortfall could grow to as much as $5.18 trillion by 2040.
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