By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wants the public to remind their members of Congress about the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. While lawmakers enjoy their five-week summer recess, a message on the DOT’s Fast Lane Blog Aug. 3 said it was turning the agency’s Instagram account over to the public so they could “snap a photo of worn-out infrastructure in your neck of the woods.”

By sharing your photo with the agency and using the #ShowUsYourInfraWear hashtag, DOT says the public can help show Congress what could be fixed under passage of a long-term surface transportation bill.

Roving infrastructure inspectors also should share their photos of potholed roads, deteriorating bridges and aging transit facilities with ARTBA via our Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

View a list of town hall meetings where you can tell your members of Congress in person about the need for a long-term transportation bill. If you can’t attend one these meetings, reach out through ARTBA’s Grassroots Action Center, which allows members to contact their House representatives via email and social media platforms.