Our divided United States Congress is unwilling to commit to long term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. It has been extended in short term gaps at the same level since 2008. The Minneapolis Startribune mentions that locally it does allow enough funding to finish 2014 work, but there is a large amount of uncertainty in funding for 2015 projects. This is just in Minnesota, nationwide it will mean a large slowdown on planning as other levels of government will not want to commit to projects if they do not know their budgets.
Not only will this effect larger scale parts of the construction marketplace, but also on broad effects on Meteorology and GIS/Geomatics funding for safer transportation for the American public. Proper funding will allow day to day safety based on current conditions and proper survey for better design on a wide range of transportation options.
The United States has had a infrastructure program since the 1950’s that other countries worldwide have and continue to follow and learn from. Proper Highway Trust Fund funding is part of keeping our domestic infrastructure strong which encourages commerce and trade, not only on a domestic, but also a international level. It is part of the cost of doing business in and with the US.