Labor Day Logjam: Five Facts to Keep in Mind as You Hit the Road

J.D. HARRISON

Senior Editor, Digital Content

Labor Day

We’re nearing the end of summer and, with it, one the busiest travel weekends of the year. Millions of Americans are expected to head out of town over Labor Day weekend, with experts forecasting an 11 percent bump in travel over the same three-day stretch last year. Not surprisingly, more than two-third of those vacationers are planning to make their summer-ending journeys by car. Naturally, more travelers means more traffic. However, when you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper gridlock this weekend – whether that’s inching down the interstate or trying to cross the last bridge separating you and the beach – you would be remiss to blame it all on the travel surge. Increasingly, Americans’ traffic nightmares are the result of roads, bridges and highways that have fallen into a state of disrepair in the absence of a sustainable, long-term transportation funding plan. Here are five facts that illustrate our nation’s infrastructure problems and what they mean for you.

1. Congestion wastes time and money. Lots of money.

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2. Our roads are tough on our tires and our wallets.

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3. Outdated roads pump the brakes on our economy.

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4. Deterioration means danger – very real danger.

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5. You’re still burning gas, even while sitting in traffic.

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So, rather than laying on your horn and pointing fingers at your fellow drivers this weekend, direct your frustration at our nation’s lawmakers, who have now kicked the transportation-funding can down the road 35 times. Let your representatives know that you need dependable roads not just during the holidays, but all year round.

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