November is just around the corner, and with it comes an election. Across the country, voters are tasked with voting for or against a number of measures that could potentially repair failing infrastructure.

One example of this comes out of California. Proposition 6 is a measure that will be submitted to California voters as part of the November 2018 election. The ballot proposes to repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act.

It could potentially eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and stop funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation, and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

It is opposed by a broad coalition of more than 450 public safety organizations, engineers, local transportation agencies, cities, counties, environmental groups, and more.

The Region Director for the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kwame Agyare, suggests that the cost of doing nothing to fix our deteriorating roads and bridges is too high a price to pay. He personally points to a pothole that he just hit that led to a $1,100 repair bill. He adds that this could cause roads and bridges to continue to age and deteriorate.

The average California driver already spends $739 per year on front end alignments, shocks, and tire repairs because of driving on bad roads, according to TRIP, a transportation research group.

While this is one example, counties, cities, and states all across the country will need to determine if investment in infrastructure is worth the cost in the November elections. While we don’t know what the outcome of the polls will be, we do know American families are already losing $3,400 in disposable income each year, or about $9 a day, due to failing infrastructure, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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