Many urban and rural streets take an annual beating from harsh Winter and Spring months in the U.S. The result from salt and chemical applications to melt snow and sleet is like riding in a crash test vehicle on hundreds of streets.
Not only are hole-riddled streets unsightly, they can be dangerous and damaging to vehicles as well. And the thought of an unmaintained bridge makes one cringe while crossing it.
President Obama is urging Congress now and just Wendsday, with the backdrop of the new Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, New York in his view, to pass the bill to re-invest in the nation's infrastructure.
The White House stated over 65% of the country's major roads are rated in less than good condition. In addition to the road condition, one quarter of the bridges are in need of repair or can't handle today's traffic.
At risk if funds run out, are 700,000 American jobs and 112,000 current projects to build and repair roads and bridges.
The President stated that the U.S. is 19th in the world when it comes to quality of infrastructure and China spends four times as much on transportation than the U.S.
And a staggering 45% of Americans lack access to transit.
The White House also stated the President and Vice President released their 2013 financial disclosure reports yesterday, May 15, 2014. Neither the President or Vice President have any conflicts of interest and their reports have been reviewed and certified by the independent Office of Government Ethics. The forms are posted online in the interest of transparency at whitehouse.gov.