DOT Goes Social to Crash Gridlock
Posted on Oct 14, 2015 by Web Developer
It might be the best indicator yet of the growing sense of desperation surrounding the continuing inaction of policymakers on infrastructure.
The federal Department of Transportation has taken to social media urging followers to share with the hashtag #ShowUsYourInfraWear pictures of crumbling infrastructure.
The move is aimed at spurring a reluctant Congress to pass long-term highway funding legislation.
“We don’t even fund the basic maintenance we need for infrastructure,” the federal transportation agency lamented on Instagram.
In May, for the 33rd time, Congress passed a short-term highway funding fix rather than a long-term plan. A decade has passed since Congress last approved a long-term highway bill.
Meanwhile, the nation’s infrastructure continues to decay.
Almost a third of America’s roads are rated in less than good condition and 1 in 4 bridges require significant repair.
The federal roads agency launched its social media campaign in August and the photos shortly thereafter began pouring in.