Tuesday Talk: Headed for infrastructure collapse?
Following the I-35W bridge collapse, Minnesota policymakers enacted a comprehensive bridge repair funding plan. Since then, the state has embarked on a fix-it-first transportation infrastructure strategy. However, our infrastructure needs extend far beyond just roads and bridges. More than 200 rural Minnesota towns need sewer system upgrades. Numerous other water, power, and telecommunications lines are aging—many past their life expectancy.
The billions necessary for statewide upgrades is a lot of money to bury underground, but critically important for public health and commerce.
How can we convince the public and policymakers these improvements are worth the investment?