On November 15th, 2021, one of the largest infrastructure support bills was signed into law. The Biden-Harris administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has promised major contributions to the country’s infrastructure – but what does that mean for the transportation industry? In this blog, we’ll be diving deeper into the ins and outs of the act, including how it could affect and possibly improve conditions for truck drivers across the country. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information!
The Act’s Most Important Features
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act saw a collaboration between the US Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration for a major, $27 billion initiative to replace, repair, and rehabilitate bridges across the continental United States – including that of Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. This plan will take shape over the course of the next five years, and we can expect widespread improvements to be made to bridges across the country.
What this means for the transportation industry: Bridge improvements are generally a positive thing, and as such, they can help incite quicker shipping and transportation. However, as is the case with most construction, these improvements will likely cause bridge closings, delays, and other potential inconveniences that may affect your time.
Other Things to Consider
In addition to structural improvements, the infrastructure bill also aims to increase highway safety and reduce dangerous traffic incidents. More specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is behind a $260 million project to implement highway safety programs and deter deadly crashes. Though it is unclear at this time exactly what these programs will entail, this project is relevant enough that those in the transportation industry should be aware of it.
What this means for the transportation industry: Like the mentioned bridge improvements, the government’s initiative for highway safety is generally positive for those in the transportation industry. While crashes are inherently unsafe and dangerous, they can also cause lots of traffic, slowing down the flow of traffic, and ultimately, your time on the road.
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