America takes its infrastructure for granted. But the transportation, water, energy and communications systems that made our country a powerhouse are all overdue for an upgrade. This growing crisis has been an issue for years, and commuters, workers and businesses suffer as those upgrades continue to be delayed.
That’s why we’re helping lead the sixth annual Infrastructure Week from May 14-21, 2018. Across the country, hundreds of businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more will come together with one voice around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. We are delighted to be a part of the Infrastructure Week Steering Committee: which includes the AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Value of Water Campaign.
While Washington delays investing in infrastructure, Americans foot the bill for crumbling infrastructure on their own – to the tune of an additional $9 every day for each American family. The poor quality of our nation’s roads costs the average motorist $533 each year in auto repairs, and commuters waste 42 hours and $1,200 in fuel per person and idling in traffic. Aging and strained water systems try to keep pace with demand, while water-reliant businesses from breweries to automakers lose as much as $5,800 per employee for each day of disrupted service. More than $1.3 trillion in property lies in the path of under-maintained aging levees, dams, and other critical infrastructure, putting whole communities at risk. The cost of inaction is real, and Americans are the ones paying the price.
We at Building America’s Future are excited to be part of the sixth annual Infrastructure Week and will continue to be on the forefront of the push to raise awareness about the state of our country’s infrastructure, and the need for sustainable investment to improve it.
Infrastructure Week has the power to reach millions of Americans through events, media coverage, and social media outreach. Last year, more than 300 Affiliate organizations around the country participated in Infrastructure Week and hosted more than 100 events in Washington, D.C. and across the country. At ports, airports, highway construction sites, in water treatment plants, and more, Infrastructure Week affiliates convened stakeholders to talk about the importance of investing in our future by investing in our infrastructure.
This year, we are sending a message to our elected leaders at the local, state, and national level the world is passing us by. The future won’t wait and neither can America – it’s time to build. Follow the hashtag #TimeToBuild and @infraweek on Twitter to see the conversation online. Visit http://infrastructureweek.org/ for more information on how to get involved.