The call to 911 in early May must have been disturbing. “We made an extremely dangerous discovery. Everyone must be evacuated from the bridge as soon as possible.” The engineers found a major break in a girder of Memphis’s famous arch bridge. They were shocked and they immediately called 911 instead of them. Own headquarters.
Arch bridges are an example of poor maintenance of many roads in the United States. According to the World Economic Forum, the country lags far behind other Western countries in terms of infrastructure, and does not even enter the top 10 (but ranks 13th). Over 230,000 bridge Repairs are needed urgently.
If it depends on President Biden, his new infrastructure plans will soon change. The Democrats and Republicans have been negotiating for a long time. The Senate will vote on this next week. If they vote yes, it will be the first bill they pass together.
Since the engineer called, the Hernando de Soto bridge near Memphis has been closed, and the heavy traffic of about 60,000 cars a day has to detour another bridge further. Truck drivers who used to take 30 minutes to pick up goods now have to travel 6 hours on the road.
For truck driver Clifton Hughey, this not only costs extra time, it also costs money. He pays by the kilometer instead of by the hour. He said that if Washington’s politicians invested in infrastructure earlier, all this could be avoided.
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The prolonged traffic jams caused by the blockade not only hit truck drivers like Clifton, but also hit the entire US economy. Memphis is centrally located and is the distribution center of the United States. The city is located on the Mississippi River and is connected to five major railroad lines across the United States. It is a transportation hub for FedEx Express services.
“We live on infrastructure,” William Dunant III said. His family has run logistics for three generations. “It has brought prosperity to our cities, and usually it should ensure supplies to other parts of the United States.” According to him, the closure of the bridge is not just a local issue.
Anyone who says that there is too much money should know that the damage to the economy is even greater.
The debate in Washington is mainly about money. Everyone agrees on what needs to be done with outdated infrastructure. Otherwise, the United States may lag behind China. For example, the construction of roads and high-speed lines in China is progressing rapidly. Therefore, Biden submitted a huge infrastructure plan to Congress within the first 100 days of his tenure, and has been negotiating ever since.
Especially about how it should be financed and what actually belongs to infrastructure.
There was a broken bridge in the city of transportation entrepreneur William Dunavant, and he began to lose patience. “Let’s finish it, Let us finish this work. This is not a problem of the Republican Party, a problem of the Democratic Party, or a problem of the White House, but a problem of the United States, a problem of the United States. This country has gone through all the political debates. Stop arguing and do something. Do the best thing for our country. “
The two parties must reach an agreement before the end of next week.