April 14, 2021

Rep. Neguse Advocates for Colorado Infrastructure Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for infrastructure priorities in the 2nd District, including investments in climate resiliency and wildfire recovery to support communities recovering from devastating wildfires. The hearing comes on the heels of the release of the Biden-Harris administration’s American Jobs Plan, and ahead of the Committee’s plan to markup a surface transportation bill next month.

Watch Rep. Neguse’s testimony here. 

“I represent a vast and diverse district, Colorado’s Second Congressional District, bigger than the state of New Jersey, it stretches from Boulder to Fort Collins along the Front Range of Colorado up through the our mountain communities. The infrastructure needs of my district are as diverse as the geography of the district itself, which is also rapidly growing,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “In my district and across the U.S., our infrastructure is no longer able to meet the needs of the population and is in desperate need of repair and investments. In Colorado, there are more than 450 bridges and 3,600 miles of roadway that are currently in poor condition. The state’s infrastructure received a C- on its infrastructure report card, illustrating the dire need for these investments that we are talking about today.”

Specifically, Congressman Neguse advocated for inclusion of his Climate Resilient Communities Act and Wildfire Recovery Act in the upcoming bill, to support communities recovering from this year’s devastating wildfire season. He also spoke on train horn noise, and the need for an easier process for municipalities to apply for quiet zone designation, an issue Fort Collins has struggled with for several years. Last year, Congressman Neguse proposed an amendment on this issue to the Moving Forward Act. 

“After hearing from Members today, it has become even more clear that communities across the country—both urban and rural—need transformational infrastructure investments to improve the lives of all Americans,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure said. “By modernizing our infrastructure, we can create millions of jobs, become more competitive in the global economy, make transportation more affordable and equitable, create more livable communities, and reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector that is driving the climate crisis. This is our moment to move our infrastructure out of the Eisenhower era and into the 21st century and beyond.”

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the state of U.S. infrastructure and identifies needed investment. Last month, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, giving the U.S. a ‘C- grade’. According to ASCE, the country’s total infrastructure needs over the next decade total more than $2.5 trillion to repair what we have.

A fact sheet outlining Colorado’s need for infrastructure investment can be found here.