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Fixing the underfunded and deteriorated bridges

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The deficient infrastructure in this country is a problem that affects all citizens; we are all reliant in a particular way to infrastructure. Public infrastructure investment is 2.4% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a half of what it was 50 years previous. In the New York metropolitan area alone, there is an average daily traffic of 17,505,467 vehicles using deficient bridges and a total of 203 drivers crossing the deficient bridge per second (Transportation for America). According to the report, “The Fix We’re In For: The State of Our Nation’s Busiest Bridges”, by Transportation for America, in October 2011, there are 18,239 deficient bridges in the 102 largest United States metropolitan areas. Also in these same locations there are 14,000 McDonald’s food chain restaurants (Transportation for America). As the days continue to pass, more infrastructures are becoming deficient. In a five year period from 2006-2011, America’s infrastructures maintenance and much needed repairs were deprived of $2.2 trillion (The Hamilton Project 8). An American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report in 2005 showed that 71% of major roads in California were in mediocre condition. The report also demonstrated that 28% of bridges were structurally deficient or an obsolete structure (Infrastructure Meets Business 5)

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