The U.S. economy may be looking up, but that doesn’t mean all is well with the nation’s health. For far too long, elected officials have ignored the infrastructure needs of this country. As a result, roads, mass transit systems and other essential parts of the transportation network have fallen into disrepair.

A snapshot of the problem was highlighted in a report released by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association late last month. It found that 10.5 percent of Michigan’s 11,180 bridges were ranked structurally deficient, and that 63 of those bridges were part of the interstate highway system.

Not surprisingly, many of the bridges in question are in the Detroit metropolitan area. The top four in the state carrying the most vehicles per day are all in Wayne County, led by the Second Boulevard bridge spanning Interstate 94, which carries 146,000 vehicles a day. All of the top four handle more than 100,000 crossings daily.
Back in 2015, this union introduced its “Let’s Get America Working” platform that prioritized infrastructure spending as a way to get the nation back on track. The premise was that dollars spent to repair and rebuild America were a win-win, one that would help not only workers with good-paying union jobs but businesses as well. Almost three years later, that is still the case.