Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call we must take seriously
Almost five full years after Hurricane Sandy, we’re still working to get our infrastructure systems—that were flooded and over-burdened during one of the worst storms in recent memory—back up and running. Last week, the federal government announced it will spend almost $240 million to help repair damage to the Holland Tunnel caused by the storm.
The funding will allow the Port Authority to move forward with repairs caused by flooding and saltwater damage to the tunnel, which sees around 300,000 trips daily.
Hurricane Sandy revealed a myriad of weaknesses in our infrastructure systems we could have never anticipated. From widespread power outages to cell phone tower failures, and flooding that shut down major roadways and public transit systems, Hurricane Sandy exploited all of the weaknesses in our major infrastructure systems.
While we have made repairs and upgrades over the past several years, there is still much more yet to do. Our successful efforts to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund last year are a step in the right direction. However, if we don’t do more to take a long-view and create funding sources that invest in infrastructure systems for generations to come rather than a few years ahead, it’s only a matter of time before the next severe storm cripples the region once again and undercuts our economic growth for years to come.