As I travel across central and northwest Connecticut talking to manufacturers and small business owners, the number one complaint I hear is our crumbling infrastructure and congested roads. We need to get serious about rebuilding our highways and bridges and expanding public transportation, which will put people back to work now and create a foundation for sustainable economic growth in the future.
This is a smart investment. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Economic Development Research Group, for every dollar invested in our transportation systems, communities received $4 in economic return.
And there is a real need for this investment. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card rates U.S. infrastructure a “D.” Of Connecticut’s over 3,000 miles of major roads, 40% of them are in poor condition, and 35% of Connecticut’s bridges are considered structurally deficient, functionally obsolete, or both.
That is unacceptable. We can—and we must—do better.
As a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m working hard with both Democrats and Republicans to find a long-term solution to fund the Highway Trust Fund before it expires and rebuild our country’s transportation infrastructure for a 21st century economy.
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As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions, concerns, or if there’s anything I can do to help you and your family. I hope you will stay in touch.
Member of Congress