Why Candidates Must Include an Infrastructure Asset Management Program in Their Government Platform

The aging infrastructure of the US is a major prevailing issue for several years now. The American Society of Civil Engineers had issued in their 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure the overall rating of D+ for the country’s infrastructure systems.

The country’s populace cannot continue living using structurally unsound bridges, decaying water systems, clogging storm sewers and disintegrating roads and highways. Government authorities must do something. Whether a particular candidate is keen on accepting or rejecting refugees, the fact remains that the people in the US deserve excellent working public utilities and facilities.

Every candidate speaks of development and progress of America but they should be able to emphasize their commitment and political will to pursue infrastructure renewal. It is important that their commitment to improve the nation’s infrastructure is based on an asset management plan.

Politicians are prone to following their personal influencers or lobbyists or bowing to pressure of returning a political favor. However, this is avoided when they commit strongly to carry out a comprehensive plan.

The maintenance of a lot of infrastructure system in the US is neglected for decades. Authorities must consider a systematic way of doing repair, maintenance and renewals. For example, the unfortunate water poisoning incident in Flint Michigan could have been avoided or at least minimized if the leaders have adopted an asset management program.

It has been a fact that a boom on infrastructure development stimulates economic growth. Imagine the many people who will be getting jobs in the repair and rebuild of roads, bridges, water system, drainage system, transport system, parks and recreation facilities and other public utilities.

The basic question about all these is how and where should the government get finance to start a comprehensive infrastructure asset development plan for the country. Is it worth investing billions or trillions of money for infrastructure repair and renewal? These are questions US presidential aspirants must answer well.

The reality is, the longer for the government to start undertaking repairs, maintenance or renewals of public assets, the more expensive it would be. Let’s pray that no structural failure nor major calamity would arise because the financial constraints will surely sky-rocket.

The best presidential candidate could be the one who can explain well that creating and implementing a sound infrastructure asset management program would take care of the financial, engineering and human resource aspects of repair, maintenance and renewal of the country’s aging infrastructure.