In a recent letter to Congress, SMACNA, along with other national signatories comprised of engineers, architects, planners, landscape architects, construction firms, and trade and professional associations, expressed the critical need to maintain the nation's infrastructure, including roads, trails, historic structures, and visitor centers related to America’s national parks.
After decades of undependable funding, the National Park Service (NPS) has an infrastructure repair backlog (including roads, bridges, and tunnels) estimated at $11.6 billion (FY 2017). These are amenities which allow visitors to travel to and from our national parks. Such deferred maintenance touches almost every NPS site across the country, and affects almost every aspect crucial to keeping parks safe and accessible for visitors.
According to a recent study, investment in the backlog of NPS maintenance could potentially create or support over 110,000 infrastructure industry jobs; jobs that could possibly benefit contractors, manufacturers, and tradespeople located in communities adjacent to NPS sites. SMACNA is urging Congress to provide dedicated annual federal funding to address deferred maintenance in America's National Park Service and to ensure that NPS receives significant resources for deferred maintenance in any potential national infrastructure proposal.
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