Recently, I had the opportunity to stop along US 2 near Stevens Pass, where heavy rains caused hillsides to erode and downed trees damaged bridge guardrails.
Recently, I had the opportunity to stop along US 2 near Stevens Pass, where heavy rains caused hillsides to erode and downed trees damaged bridge guardrails. As many of you know, that particular section of the roadway averages 9,000 vehicles per day and is pivotal for commerce, outdoor recreation and tourism.
That’s why I led other members of our delegation in writing to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, securing emergency relief funds so the damaged area could be reopened quicker than expected.
For too long, transportation infrastructure in our country has suffered from short-term repairs and congressional inaction, and is now facing a breaking point. But we shouldn’t have to wait for an emergency in order to finally fix our crumbling infrastructure. Investing in much needed transportation projects will support good-paying jobs in our state, and an efficient and safe infrastructure will help attract businesses and encourage economic growth.
At the end of last year, I supported bipartisan legislation that invests $305 billion in transportation projects for the next five years. This long overdue commitment to our infrastructure will help repair our roads and bridges now, before they end up costing more to replace in the future. This law is an example of how smart investments can yield great returns, and I will continue fighting for long-term solutions to grow our economy and responsibly reduce our deficit.
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