Not another word out of me!
You think our home town of Huntington has problems with its infrastructure, according to the U.S. Department of transportation, more than one in four of America's nearly 600,000 bridges need significant repairs or are burdened with more traffic than they were designed to carry. In West Virginia, 37% of our bridges are obsolete or deficient.
Moreover, a third of the country’s major roadways are in substandard condition - a significant factor in a third of the 43,000 traffic fatalities each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Dams, too, are at risk. Underground, aging and inadequate sewer systems spill an estimated 1.26 trillion gallons of untreated sewage every year resulting in an estimated $50.6 billion in cleanup costs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Fixing these problems and others threatening the nation's critical infrastructure would cost $1.6 trillion - more than half of the annual federal budget, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates. That doesn't include the cost for new capacity to serve a growing population.
After researching to find answers for the question I have been asking myself ("Why haven't our local and state political leaders done something about our deteriorating infrastructure?"), it became obvious to me that the magnitude of the problem is beyond the means of local and state governments. The problem is bigger than any of our political leaders. Our nation's infrastructure is simply worn out, and it may take several decades to modernize. We, the citizens of Huntington, may not see the modernization of our city's infrastructure in our lifetimes. Again, no more from me about Huntington’s worn out infrastructure, as there is not a soul who can do a thing about it.
(Although, I can't shut up without reminding everyone that the United States Government has spent about $1.6 trillion to fund its unilateral invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.)