BAF Sees Washington Bridge Collapse as a Call to Action, Urges State and Local Officials to Prioritize Critical Infrastructure Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC – May 24, 2013 – In response to the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge in Mount Vernon, Washington, Building America’s Future issued the following statement, urging state and local official to use this accident as a reminder that we need to prioritize critical infrastructure upgrades to our nation’s bridges and other transportation systems: 

“Regardless of how this happened, the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge in Washington State is a timely reminder of our nation’s need to invest in critical infrastructure upgrades. Our nation’s bridges, roads and highways are deteriorating before our eyes, and today’s incident was a call to action,” said Ed Rendell, Co-Chair of Building America’s Future and former Governor of Pennsylvania. “According to our report Falling Apart and Falling Behind, America currently has more than 69,000 structurally deficient bridges, many of which haven’t been updated in decades. If the U.S. wants to remain competitive in the global economy and provide safe, efficient transportation systems for our nation, then I urge state and local officials to act now and find creative ways to fund these projects, so thatfuture collapses and accidents can be avoided.”

In 2012, Building America’s Future issued an updated version of its report Falling Apart and Falling Behind, which examined our nation’s critical need to invest in infrastructure repairs and upgrades.