Local and national infrastructure needs attending to

This article was originally published in the Hanford Sentinel. Click here to view the original article.

The sinkhole on 11th Avenue in Hanford highlights a major problem that localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Whether it’s structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees or inadequate roads, airports and pipes, America’s infrastructure is insufficient, and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to much-needed maintenance and improvements.

Like the residents of Hanford, every day Americans are affected because officials deferred necessary upgrades. When emergency road closures occur, school buses are forced to reroute, limiting students’ time spent in the classroom. First responders are delayed reaching those in need. Businesses lose sales as detours divert traffic from main roads. Lost revenue and time wasted in traffic will never be recovered.

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 while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.

I urge Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. David Valadao and Rep. Devin Nunes to work in a bipartisan manner with the California congressional delegation, their colleagues and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Further delay is unacceptable to Californians and the rest of the country.

Brian P. McGuire, President & CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors