It has been 65 years since the Federal-Aid Road Act was enacted, paving the way for the creation of the Interstate Highway System (HIS). To this day, it is still recognized as one of the most influential and useful elements of America’s economy. Encountering close to 75 percent of all truck freight that moves through the Interstates, this figure is huge considering it covers such a small amount of roadway miles – just 1 percent.
Further, over the last 65 years, America’s population has doubled and the amount of miles that have been covered on the HIS has increased by 422 percent. In addition, the HIS has contributed to the country’s GDP a 340 percent growth since its inception.
This data shows that the IHS is deserving of some serious renovation if it is to continue to be one of America’s most valuable economic asset. According to Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA):
“The Interstates need a shot of investment to remain healthy and vibrant for the future. A renewed federal commitment to America’s transportation network is one of the best ways to preserve the Eisenhower legacy and ensure the Interstates remain the engine of economic growth for decades to come.”
One possible solution – or at least something that would make a start on this project is the American Jobs Plan. The idea behind this is to make a serious investment in America that would rebuild its infrastructure, while at the same time, create millions of jobs and give the country a boost in its relationship with China. Even though America is the world’s wealthiest nation, it comes up as a low number 13 vis-à-vis infrastructure quality. Hopefully the American Jobs Plan is the start of a way ahead for this invaluable asset