An efficient and functioning infrastructure system is critical to our economy. During this National Infrastructure Week, we should be looking at opportunities for much-needed repairs, maintenance and improvements of our roads, bridges and highways.
While we passed a $305 billion transportation bill to improve our nation’s infrastructure, there is still much more work to be done. Modern infrastructure is vital for our country – it promotes commerce, improves quality of life and connects our communities.
On Monday, we’ll mark the three-year anniversary of the Skagit Bridge collapse. We saw first-hand how a collapsed bridge in Skagit County impacted several local economies and our region, which is why we must fix our infrastructure now, before it’s more expensive to maintain in the future.
And this winter, erosion and downed trees caused by heavy rains damaged a section of U.S. Route 2 – a vital thoroughfare for commerce, outdoor recreation and tourism for the Sky Valley. Thankfully, I was able to secure emergency relief funds so the road could be reopened quicker than expected.
I strongly believe that every dollar we invest in infrastructure now will save us money in the long-run, and I will continue fighting for long-term solutions so we can maintain our roads and repair the next bridge before it collapses.
As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the IRS or the VA, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.