In 2019, the United States‘ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $21.43 trillion. However, not a penny of that would have been possible without a national commerce framework and connected transportation system — the latter of which is breaking down, lacks longterm federal funding, and whose footprint is increasingly more fragile.
The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition takes on this topic in its newest grassroots podcast about Kentucky’s landmark Brent Spence Bridge.One billion dollars worth of business a day and three percent of yearly GDP move over that bridge alone. But this southeastern nexus between the Bluegrass State and Ohio has been functionally obsolete (capacity wise) for 20 years. At 3 a.m. two weeks ago, colliding semi-trailers, with one hauling the caustic chemical potassium hydroxide, resulted in a catastrophic accident, a fire, traffic backups, and a damaged and temporarily closed bridge.
Read more at: https://www.fasterbettersafer.org/2020/11/kentuckys-shutdown-of-brent-spence-bridge-proves-u-s-infrastructure-capacity-needs-are-major-safety-economic-concerns/