Aggregate industry to lobby about pressing infrastructure need

By |  May 15, 2017

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The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) will participate in the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In this week, drawing more than 100 people from the aggregate industry to Washington to discuss the importance of infrastructure investments with members of Congress.

The TCC Fly-In is part of Infrastructure Week, which runs May 15-19.

“The nation’s infrastructure is the foundation of our jobs, quality of life and economic competitiveness, yet this system has been under-funded and poorly maintained for decades,” says Mike Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “Investments in infrastructure are an investment in our country’s future, and Infrastructure Week puts a much-needed national spotlight on how we can grow our country and economy.”

Johnson encourages aggregate operations to participate in Infrastructure Week. Businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and people around the nation can participate in this advocacy and educational event to spread the message that it is time to build America’s infrastructure. A hashtag (#TimeToBuild) supports the event.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, almost four in 10 of America’s 614,387 bridges are more than 50 years old. Traffic delays on outdated and congested roads cost American businesses more than $45 billion each year, according to the Partnership for America’s Economic Expressway.

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