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4 Ways Better Infrastructure Improves the Economy at Large

Posted by Edward Dill on Mar 6, 2018 9:22:00 AM

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Infrastructure is the backbone of any economy. Reliable infrastructure doesn’t just make life easier, it makes progress possible. An investment in better infrastructure is an investment in the present and in the future of any given society.

How does infrastructure directly affect the economy at large? Here are four ways that are worth noting.

 

  1. Infrastructure work creates jobs.

    Perhaps the most obvious way in which infrastructure investment moves the economy is in the creation of new jobs. Maintenance of existing infrastructure (much of which is suffering from the serious burden of maintenance backlog) as well as the construction of new infrastructure have the potential to create millions of jobs. For highly-skilled tradesmen and women, these opportunities also create greater job stability.

  2. Better infrastructure means better supply chain.

    A nation’s supply chain is at the mercy of its infrastructure. When roads are bad, for example, trucking goods from a manufacturing facility in the middle of the country to a port on the coast could take twice as long – and be twice as expensive – as the same trip made on better roads. Efficient movement of goods and services across any given area optimizes imports, boosts the viability of exports, and leads to expansion and growth of a country’s domestic product production.

  3. Infrastructure connects workforces.

    By connecting workers, infrastructure moves countries forward. Highly-educated workforces in municipal areas pool their resources when infrastructure such as air travel and telecommunications lines are reliable. The workers that support high-level economic engines also operate more effectively when connected by better infrastructure, be it bridges or phone lines. The same logic can be applied to all public-facing utilities such as gas, water, electricity…when utilities function more smoothly, citizens spend less time worrying about creature comforts and more time working toward economic goals.

  4. Sustainably built infrastructure saves money in the long-term.

    Infrastructure that is maintained and/or built with longevity in mind is better for a country’s bottom line. By freeing up future spending for investment in innovation, not maintenance, sustainable infrastructure creates a framework for communities to rely less on immediate needs and more realistically concentrate on growth. This is particularly important for population areas that are in expansion.

 

Aptus is in the business of better infrastructure. Specifically, we install, maintain, and repair the bridge-attached utilities that keep the American economy running smoothly. When infrastructure is working properly, everyone benefits.

Our teams have decades of expertise handling complex bridge piping projects for organizations both small and large. We work with Departments of Transportation, private sector clients, municipalities, and more. In over twenty years of business, Aptus has developed a reputation for performance and professionalism.

 

Ready to find out more? Reach out to an Aptus team near you to speak to an expert in your region.

 

 

Topics: Infrastructure, Economy, transportation