We take it for granted in Arizona that our roads will be smooth and our water will be there when we turn on the tap because of the tremendous amount of infrastructure Arizona has developed over the past 106 years.
But according to the engineers who know best, we are a state that is fast moving toward an infrastructure crisis! The American Society of Civil Engineers did a report card on our infrastructure a few years ago and they gave us some good grades and some bad grades.
Overall, we earned a “C.” Our weaknesses are our roads, dams, drinking water, levees and wastewater treatment facilities. Our strengths are our railways, transit systems, aviation and bridges. The worst are our roads, where we earned a “D.”
Here are the facts:
The legislature has taken money from our highway fund and put it into other things for years, leaving our roads a mess and us holding the bag – in the form of wear and tear on our cars that
costs us hundreds and thousands of dollars a year in hidden taxes.
As your legislator, I will work to get our roads repaired and our highway finances straightened out.