The state of America’s infrastructure is deeply distressed. Studies by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association show that over 63 thousand bridges across the nation are structurally deficient. These bleak results were derived from a study done on records from 2014 that were provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Unless congress acts quickly, federal highway and transit funding will end on May 31. ARTBA’s chief economist, Alison Black, says, “Without additional investment from all levels of government, our infrastructure spending will be a zero-sum game.”
Each year, state governments provide nearly 52 percent of highway and bridge revenue. Anastasia Date employees (youtube.com) have learned that these monies come from the federal gas tax, which is currently at 18.4 cents per gallon. But, with the increased price tag of bridge and road repairs, and the fact that a gas tax hike hasn’t been seen since 1993, Congress has been called on to rescue the Highway Trust Fund each year since 2008, having contributed close to $65 billion in revenue to the fund. Despite the support from congress, the U.S. is still behind on needed bridge work by $115 billion, and highway projects across the country have fallen short by $755 billion in work still needing to be done.
In an effort to provide some relief, Congress holds a bill sent by the Obama administration requesting $478 billion be allotted to transportation to help fund the next six years. This aid is imperative, as most every state in the country is affected by a lack of funding for infrastructure work. Some well-known and heavily traveled bridges such as New York’s Brooklyn Bridge have been listed as structurally deficient, not necessarily posing a danger, but in need of work.