Yankton, S.D. (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
The Road Connection is pleased to announce that after three years and nine extensions, Congress has approved legislation that will extend federal highway programs through 2014.
On June 29, the House and the Senate both approved the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), authorizing federal road, bridge and transit spending at current levels through September 2014. According to the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the president is expected to sign the bill soon.
Lisa Carson, marketing manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, The Road Connection’s primary sponsor, said after three tumultuous years of partisan bickering, the company is pleased to see Congress making strides in protecting and advancing America’s infrastructure and economic growth.
“We are proud to say that advocates like The Road Connection and other industry organizations have made a difference by getting Congress to see that this is not an issue they can push aside,” Carson said. “While the measure is far from perfect, it gives our contractors and dealers the stability they need to continue their operations and provide jobs to millions of Americans. As an American manufacturer, we know that this bill will help stimulate equipment sales, which will be used to fix our crumbling roads and bridges.”
The Road Connection is a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign advocating for the nation’s roads and bridges. For the past nine months, it has traveled across the United States in the official Road Connection truck, bringing the message to trade shows, open houses, road construction sites and equipment dealer locations to educate Americans about the need for positive change in the national transportation system.
At the same time applauding Congress’ action, Carson also cautioned supporters that The Road Connection’s work is “far from over.”
“This new bill gives us time to ramp up our efforts for 2014, which will come sooner than we think,” Carson said. “If we want to improve our nation’s infrastructure grade from a D- to acceptable levels, we are going to need serious investments that can be promised for more than two years at a time.”
For more information about The Road Connection, visit http://www.theroadconnection.org. To follow The Road Connection’s progress visit blog.theroadconnection.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/theroadconnection.