The Future of Alabama's Roads

Our nation’s infrastructure is the foundation that spurs economic development, attracts quality jobs, keeps us competitive in international markets, and enhances our citizens’ quality of life. But when children arrive to school late, or employees can’t clock in on time, or goods aren’t delivered in an efficient manner — everyone pays the price.

Transportation and infrastructure development was a priority for previous generations of Americans, and as a result, the country’s infrastructure was the envy of the world. Now Alabama, and the rest of the county, must develop a 21st century vision to rebuild that foundation so that our children and grandchildren are not left holding the buck.

While most people acknowledge the importance of having quality roads and bridges, the reality is that the state’s desperately needed road upgrades might not happen if legislators are not convinced that Alabamians are willing to INVEST in improving local infrastructure. That’s why DRIVE Alabama is urging citizens to contact their state legislators to express the importance of having a plan to address Alabama’s growing transportation infrastructure needs.

A critical component of advocating for change is knowing the facts. DRIVE Alabama, in partnership with other transportation advocacy organizations, has collected national and statewide statistics that demonstrate how transportation infrastructure impacts the day-to-day quality of life for Alabama’s 4.65 million residents in order to help concerned citizens effectively advocate for additional resources to improve Alabama’s road and bridge infrastructure. Please visit the links before for more information:

  • Roadway Safety
    Deficient roadway conditions contribute to thousands of traffic-related injuries and fatalities each year.
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Commute Times
    Every year Alabamians spend more than $3 billion combating deficient road and bridge conditions in the form of additional vehicle operating costs congestion-related delays and traffic crashes.
  • Economic Development
    3.5 million U.S. jobs are either directly or indirectly impacted by how our governments choose to investment in transportation infrastructure improvements.
  • Emergency Management
    1.5 million people in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana utilized roads and bridges to safely escape Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While thousands of fire trucks and ambulances utilize Alabama’s county roads each year, these vehicles are weight restricted from crossing hundreds of deficient bridges throughout the states–leaving thousands of residents with inefficient access to care in emergency situations.
  • Growing Populations
    The U.S. population is expected to increase by almost 20% over the next 20 years, and truck traffic will increase by 75% between now and 2035.