There are a few things that impact quality of life for Americans, more than infrastructure. South Carolina, like most other states in the nation, is facing an infrastructure crisis. Infrastructure throughout the United States is crumbling, and implementing a long-term funding plan is urgent as our competitors across the globe continue to invest in their systems.
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicting the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure. The 2013 Report Card, the most recent one, shows the nation has a significant backlog of overdue maintenance needs, a pressing need for modernization and an opportunity to create a reliable, long-term funding stream. The U.S. received an overall grade of D.
Infrastructure investment is key to safety, economic development and job creation. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, for every $1 billion invested in roads, more than 27,500 jobs are created.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. Instead of reauthorizing The Highway Trust Fund, beyond this election cycle, Congress approved another temporary extension before leaving for their summer break. If this lack of action continues it will lead to thousands of delayed projects nationwide and bankruptcy for the trust fund.