The Road Connection, KPI-JCI’s nonpartisan, grassroots campaign advocating for the nation's roads and bridges, celebrated the passage of MAP-21, the long-awaited federal infrastructure-funding initiative. For the past nine months, The Road Connection’s truck has traveled across the United States bringing the message about the need for positive change in the national transportation system to every corner of the country.
Lisa Carson, marketing manager for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, The Road Connection's primary sponsor, said after three tumultuous years of partisan bickering, the company is pleased to see Congress making strides in protecting and advancing America's infrastructure and economic growth.
“We are proud to say that advocates like The Road Connection and other industry organizations have made a difference by getting Congress to see that this is not an issue they can push aside,” Carson said. “While the measure is far from perfect, it gives our contractors and dealers the stability they need to continue their operations and provide jobs to millions of Americans. As an American manufacturer, we know that this bill will help stimulate equipment sales, which will be used to fix our crumbling roads and bridges.”
At the same time applauding Congress’ action, Carson also cautioned supporters that The Road Connection's work is “far from over.”
“This new bill gives us time to ramp up our efforts for 2014, which will come sooner than we think,” Carson said. “If we want to improve our nation’s infrastructure grade from a D- to acceptable levels, we are going to need serious investments that can be promised for more than two years at a time.”