Policy Maker

Speak up for Safer Infrastructure

The crumbling infrastructure of our transportation network and other critical lifelines requires major surgery to be able to serve our needs.

Did you know that 25 percent of the nation's major metropolitan roads - including interstates, freeways and other main roads - have substandard pavement? It's why the Heavy Constructors Association works year-round to improve the roads you drive. Discover even more interesting national and local information about our highways, byways, bridges and water systems below.

  • The Kansas City area has more miles of freeway per capita than any U.S. metro area with more than 1 million residents.
  • Many of the six million wrecks that occur in the United States each year are caused by poor road conditions.
  • The Federal Highway Administration has found that every $100 million spent on needed highway safety improvements will result in 145 fewer traffic fatalities over a 10-year period.
  • Seventeen percent of Missouri's major roads are in poor condition and another 30 percent are in mediocre condition, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Congestion costs America's towns and cities more than $78 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • Vehicle travel on Kansas highways increased 25 percent from 1990 to 2003.
  • The Road Information Program estimates that vehicle travel in Missouri will increase by 50 percent over the next two decades, to 101 billion miles annually by 2025.
  • Congestion in metropolitan Kansas City costs commuters $503 per person annually in excess fuel and lost time.
  • By 2020, U.S. vehicle travel is expected to increase by approximately 40 percent, and the level of heavy truck travel nationally is anticipated to increase by an estimated 47 percent, putting greater stress on our nation's urban roadways.
  • Insufficient investment in highway infrastructure added $412 billion to the shipping costs of U.S. companies between 2004 and 2008.
  • The average annual cost of inadequate roadways is $1,129 per driver in the Kansas City area.
  • Thirty-five percent of Missouri's bridges and 23 percent of Kansas' bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • Twenty-three percent of Missouri's 23,495 bridges are rated as structurally deficient. A structurally deficient bridge is one that has one or more of its major structural components in poor condition.
  • Missouri is fourth worst in the U.S. in the percentage of its bridges rated as structurally deficient.
  • Nearly $5 billion is needed to improve Missouri's wastewater infrastructure.

Policies that provide sufficient funding for heavy construction will help Kansas City and the nation build the infrastructure we need to navigate through the 21st Century.

Remember: Investing in infrastructure provides good jobs today and lays the groundwork for America's economic future. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Key Links

City Government

Kansas

Bonner Springs
Edwardsville
Gardner
Johnson County
Johnson County Wastewater Website
Kansas City/Wyandotte County
Lansing
Leavenworth
Leawood
Lenexa
Merriam
Mission Hills
Olathe
Overland Park
Paola
Roeland Park
Shawnee

Missouri

Belton
Blue Springs
Cass County
Clay County
Gladstone
Grain Valley
Grandview
Harrisonville
Independence
Kansas City
Lee's Summit
Liberty
North Kansas City
Parkville
Platte City
Platte County
Raytown

Regional

Mid America Regional Council: www.marc.org

State

Kansas Governor's Office: www.governor.ks.gov

Kansas Legislature: www.kslegislature.org

Kansas Department of Transportation: www.ksdot.org

Kansas Transportation Online Community: www.ktoc.net

Transportation-Leveraging Investments in Kansas: www.kansastlink.com


Missouri Governor's Office: governor.mo.gov

Missouri General Assembly: www.moga.mo.gov

Missouri Department of Transportation: www.modot.mo.gov

Federal

United States Department of Transportation: www.dot.gov

Federal Highway Administration: www.fhwa.dot.gov

Federal Transit Administration: www.fta.dot.gov

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): www.ntsb.gov

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): www.nlrb.org

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): www.osha.gov

United States Army Corps of Engineers: www.usace.army.mil

Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov

United States House of Representatives: www.house.gov

United States Senate: www.senate.gov

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