Infrastructure in America is much damaged. President Donald Trump on Monday (12/2) presented a long-awaited $ 1.5 trillion plan to repair the damaged infrastructure, and held meetings with local and state officials to discuss it. For the local community, the budget came too late.
In December 2015, a historic building in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Greenfield Bridge – collapsed. The bridge later became one of the thousands of critical infrastructure projects being repaired in America.
Projects such as repairing the 95-year-old bridge are too costly for most local people to be self-financed. Without the help of federal and state governments, this project would not be possible.
Pittsburgh city official Guy Costa said: "We need it. Everyone needs it. Not only are there in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, but also people across America. Here a lot of infrastructure is old and. broken. So any funding will be a very good thing. "
Pittsburgh city official Guy Costa added that the federal grant includes 80% improvement, the other 15% coming from the state of Pennsylvania and the remaining 5% of the city of Pittsburgh. This means that the city of Pittsburgh only needs to bear a million dollars out of the 19 million dollars the cost of building the bridge.
Trump's president used to campaign that he will ask Congress to pass a trillion-dollar budget to fund the repair of a long-damaged infrastructure.
– local officials say this is actually too late. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said, "We build all of this infrastructure, but we do nothing to keep it functioning. Nothing at all. "
Pittsburgh was once a special industrial city for steel production. But like many other old cities, an uncontrolled urban expansion – linking the heart of Pittsburgh with the suburbs – means more budget spent on new projects, and fewer are set aside to maintain older buildings.  "No different from our house. The roof starts to leak, but we keep ignoring it, until one day we have to replace the entire roof of the house, "added Peduto.
In addition, the bureaucratic process is slower. Furthermore, Guy Costa says, "Many budgets – since being approved in Washington to the local level – take years, and then from there we have to undergo the process of designing the building for four years."
This infrastructure project will have an impact on nearly 20 thousand people. And that's just one bridge, in a city of 300,000 people. Imagine this happening across America. Progress brings inconvenience. Tens of thousands of people using Greenfield Bridge are now forced to pass the previously deserted suburbs.
Katie Lederman, a suburban resident, said: "This traffic jam caused chaos and disruption, so I considered selling my house. This is terrible! "
The fate of more than 58,000 other damaged bridges now depends on the success of President Trump convincing Congress to make his campaign promise a reality. [em/ii]