The COVID-19 crisis has been the main driver of news of late. The effect on small business, unemployment, the stock market and other economic indicators of the shutdown has been well-documented.
One thing that has not had as much coverage is its effect on the ability to, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer phrased it, “fix the damn roads.”
The American Society of Civil Engineers produces an Infrastructure Report Card every four years. The most recent one, in 2017, found that America’s infrastructure has a grade of D+. Roads received a grade of D.
In addition to the widespread damage to families and individuals, the closing of many businesses and the massive drop in demand for those that do remain open is going to have an effect on revenues available for the federal government and state governments to fund road infrastructure.