Our Failed Infrastructure

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This image shows an area of the New Jersey Turnpikethat is closed off due to necessary repairs. A very undervalued issue in America’s current economic woes is that of our infrastructure, where the American Society of Civil Engineers claims we must spend over3.6 trillion dollars to raise American roads to standards. Over a third of American roads are currently considered to be “substandard” as well.

What should be done to fix this issue? If anything should be done,how could funds for such a project be allotted to infrastructure, or transferred  from other areas of America’s budget?

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One thought on “Our Failed Infrastructure”

  1. Growing up in New Jersey, I am no stranger to road construction. Personally however, I don’t think that New Jersey is a good example to use to display our nation’s aging transportation networks. Whether you are on the NJ Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway, there is usually construction going on, however it is more often to expand and repair the networks rather than just to repair them. New Jersey transportation, especially towards the New York metro, is a marvel of our nation’s ingenuity and seems very well-funded and maintained.
    On the other hand however, we may look to places such as the Rust Belt (Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, etc…) and rural America and not see the same well-funded systems of transportation. Many bridges remain for decades without repairs and isolated roads may experience years of wear and tear without any regard from municipalities. Therefore, it may be wise to spend this $3.6 trillion to restore healthy transportation networks in decaying urban areas in the Rust Belt and the rural communities of the Midwest which help connect our country from coast to coast.
    Another interesting observation I made was that while the US has enormous transportation networks, it does seem like we take much better care of them than places like Italy. On a trip to Sicily back in 2010, I remember seeing the concrete highway supports with large chunks taken out of them and the mountainous roads rarely had guard rails to prevent cars from plummeting off the roadside. So while our situation here in the US may not be perfect, it is comparable better than many other developed countries.

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