Congresswoman Johnson Releases Report on Urgent Infrastructure Needs in Texas
WASHINGTON, DC – (Monday, July 13th, 2015) – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released a report showcasing infrastructure needs in the state of Texas. With only 18 days left before the Highway Trust Fund expires on July 31st, the report highlights the need for immediate action.
“My Republican colleagues are mistaken if they are under the impression that a long-term measure to fix our broken infrastructure is not necessary for the betterment of this country,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The roads and bridges we use for our commutes on a daily basis are crumbling. It is time to invest in American infrastructure and create well-paying construction jobs for hardworking Americans in Texas.”
In Texas, 38 percent of roads are in mediocre or poor condition, forcing drivers to spend approximately $5.27 billion dollars annually on otherwise unnecessary automotive repairs, increasing costs for commuters and businesses moving their goods to market. With 19 percent of our state’s bridges being structurally deficient, it is clear that a sweeping bipartisan effort is needed to invest in the future of America’s infrastructure.
“House Republicans continue to ignore the urgent crisis presented by the expiration of the Highway Trust Fund,” continued Congresswoman Johnson. “The American people deserve a long-term plan that invests in America’s crumbling infrastructure that creates jobs, not special interest giveaways for the ultra-wealthy.”
For more details on the effects of Highway Trust Fund expiration, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SjvCJi
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.