This article was originally published in the Greater Alexandria Patch. You can find the original article here.
Last month, on two separate occasions, the main runway at Reagan National Airport needed repairs during peak travel time. Outbound flights were delayed and inbound travelers were forced to divert to other area airports. The runway issues at DCA are indicative of the problem localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. All this while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.
Whether it’s inadequate airports, roads and pipes or structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees, America’s infrastructure is insufficient, and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to much-needed maintenance and improvements.
I urge Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner with the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Further delay is unacceptable to Washingtonians and the rest of the country.
Brian P. McGuire
President & CEO
Associated Equipment Distributors