Manufacturers say infrastructure won’t meet business demands in next 10 years

September 20, 2013

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The majority of manufacturers, 65 percent, say infrastructure won’t meet the demands of the economy in the next 10 to 15 years, according to a report from our sister site, Better Roads.

The manufacturers were responding to a series of surveys from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The association presented the survey results, along with facts from a report from Building America’s Future (BAM), earlier this week in its report, “Infrastructure: Essential to Manufacturing Competitiveness.”

Other responses included:

  • 70 percent said America’s transportation infrastructure system is “in fair or poor shape and needs a gread deal or quite a bit of improvement”

  • 70 percent said roads are detiorating

  • 42 percent said energy is declining

  • 36 percent said aviation is getting worse

  • 28 percent said mass transit is declining

  • 21 percent said rail is is getting worse

  • 67 percent said all funding options should be considered

  • 61 percent said they may be willing to pay higher taxes, tolls and fees for transportation

For more details about U.S. manufacturers’ opinions on transportation infrastructure, read the full report at

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