Inside the “corroded carcass” of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, now being repaired. Photo: Federal Highway Administration
By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
The 6th annual ARTBA Bridge Report has generated significant national and local media attention since its April 1 release. The analysis of federal bridge data by ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, and ARTBA President Dave Bauer’s additional context about the importance of federal transportation infrastructure investment, are being featured by newspapers, websites, television stations, and on social media.
By coincidence, a highway overpass bridge in Tennessee collapsed the same day ARTBA issued the report. The incident has helped amplify media attention, and no one was seriously injured.
“This report makes clear that it’s about time Congress and the Trump administration stop talking and start solving this national problem.”
–ARTBA President Dave Bauer in USA TODAY
Some of the media highlights so far include:
Local television and radio stations in North Carolina, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and New Jersey also featured the report and recorded interviews with Dr. Black. Other pickups included industry publications ENR, Roads & Bridges, Transport Topics, Construction Equipment, Asphalt Contractor and Rock Products.
Much of this coverage is driven by television interviews conducted in Washington, D.C., with Cox Media and the E.W. Scripps Company, which each own stations in major media markets across the country.
Traction on social media included tweets from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D- NJ– 9), the government relations teams at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Public Works Association (APWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Trucking Associations (ATA), our partners in the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Transportation Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, national transportation research group TRIP, and several ARTBA members including AECOM and Summit Materials.
ARTBA members and other partners and supporters can help spread the word about the importance of transportation investment by sharing digital links to these media reports on their own social media platforms and web pages.