The recent 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, should remind Congress that Article One, Section Eight, makes support for transportation infrastructure investment a core federal government responsibility.

It’s time, ARTBA said in a news release timed to the anniversary, for Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund.

 “It only took the Founding Fathers 209 days—from a call for action on Feb. 21 to the signing ceremony on Sept. 17—to draft, debate and endorse the U.S. Constitution, one of mankind’s greatest documents,” ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane said. “In contrast, why have our elected leaders taken over 2,000 days since 2008 trying to figure out how to permanently address the Highway Trust Fund revenue problem?”

Ruane said members of Congress should heed and respond to the words of U.S. Constitution signatories Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and make expanding transportation infrastructure investment a federal priority to support economic growth and improve the nation’s competitiveness. Read quotations from the four Founding Fathers.