The recent completion of four new interchanges on Bangerter Highway, and the subsequent announcement to accelerate work on three more, is a positive development for Utah residents and businesses alike. These projects create jobs, spur economic growth and provide for the efficient and safe movement of people and goods.
Utah’s Department of Transportation should be commended for its efforts. Nonetheless, we must also acknowledge that building and maintaining a robust infrastructure system requires a strong federal role in partnership with state and local entities. While state DOTs execute major road and bridge projects, the federal government provides a substantial portion of the funding. Unfortunately, our leaders in Washington continue to shirk their responsibility by failing to enact a long-term, fully funded plan to rebuild the country.
As we put the elections in the rearview, it’s time for Congress to place infrastructure investment at the top its agenda. Utah residents deserve world-class roads and bridges and further delay in Washington is unacceptable.
John Kimball, President & CEO, Kimball Equipment Co, Salt Lake City