Infrastructure Week 2014 is here! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Building America’s Future, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution have organized a full week of strategically placed high-level events and briefings, national and targeted regional media coverage and other activities convening business and policy leaders to articulate the national, regional and local challenges in maintaining, updating and developing new infrastructure across the United States. Infrastructure Week 2014 is designed to help build momentum and urgency to attract the attention of key policymakers and the larger community by telling the story of business, labor, industry and citizens dedicated to improving America’s global competitiveness through investment in infrastructure.
ACPA, as part of the Highway Materials Group is using the occasion of Infrastructure Week 2014 to attract the attention of key policymakers to the critical state of our infrastructure, the need for a robust, long term highway bill, and the urgent need to fix our highway trust fund. Download press release. Each of the Highway Materials Group members will be using the same letter in their grassroots campaign, but you are welcome to write your own letters to your elected officials. You are also welcome to use PCA’s grassroots page below to make the process of sending a letter easier.
The Highway Trust fund that has funded the US surface transportation program for almost 60 years will go bankrupt by the end of the summer. This means that the Federal Highway Administration will not be able reimburse State DOTs for highway projects at the peak of the summer construction season. Numerous DOTs have already held back or cancelled bid lettings in anticipation of this crisis. The long term ramifications for commerce and the broader US economy is sobering. USDOT is estimating that 700,000 jobs are at risk, and by 2020 businesses could lose $1 trillion a year in sales.
A solution must be acted upon by Congress before lasting damage is inflicted on American economic competitiveness and prosperity.
Please feel free to share the above link both within and beyond your organizations. We encourage all Americans to engage with their lawmakers on this critically important issue.