Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2017 - 11
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Senate Wants to Invest in
THE U.S. SENATE MARKED up multiple appropriations bills prior to the August recess, including one
that could translate into increased infrastructure
spending. NSSGA spearheaded a Highway Materials
Group letter to key senators on the committee in
support of increases to both the Passenger Facility
Charge (PFC) and the Airport Improvement Program
(AIP) included in the markup of the Transportation,
Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill.
The bill increases the PFC from $4.50 to $8.50 per
person and AIP funding to 3.6 billion. As the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization expires
in September, NSSGA has been very supportive of
funding critical airport improvements that can build
up our country's infrastructure.
"Investment in all modes of transportation is
essential for the aggregates industry and our communities," said Laura O'Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior
vice president of government and regulatory affairs.
"According to the Airports Council International of
North America, airports of all sizes need to invest
$100 billion over the next five years to modernize
and maintain runways, taxiways and facilities. We
applaud the committee for finding ways for airports
and the aggregates industry to help improve our
This bill still needs to pass the Senate and no
comparable increase is included in the U.S. House of
Representatives bill, so a conference will be required
in order for the increases to be finalized.
Kentucky Bridge Conditions
Affect Local Economy
NEARLY 56,000 BRIDGES in the United States are classified as "structurally deficient" based on federal Department of Transportation (DOT) data.
Businesses, the labor sector, and the public are affected by deteriorating
infrastructure and an underfunded transportation system and want change.
Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist with the American Road &
Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), said that 200 of 2,500 bridges
in northern Kentucky are in need repairs and about 180 of them have weight
restrictions. This impacts commerce and mobility on a local level and in very
When you consider that what is happening in Kentucky is only one snapshot
of what is affecting communities all over the U.S., there is no question our
leaders need to fully address the infrastructure and transportation dilemmas
plaguing our country by increasing investment now.
"I am from Kentucky, and it is frustrating to see that the lack of funding
to keep our roads and bridges in safe conditions is not just a problem for
the Bluegrass State. This is a nationwide concern," said Michael W. Johnson,
NSSGA president and CEO.
NSSGA and ARTBA are members of the Americans for Transportation Mobility
(ATM) Coalition. The group created a petition asking President Trump and
Congress to move America's infrastructure forward with sustainable funding.
Check it out and share with coworkers, friends and family through social
networks at http://bit.ly/2rk7EZl.
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