The time to rebuild America’s infrastructure is now. We can’t afford anything less if we want a safe, vibrant economy.
Decades of budget cuts have devastated our infrastructure, and engineers give our roads a “D” rating. Every day, Americans make 188 million trips over 56,007 bridges that are structurally deficient. Our roads are crumbling, contributing to traffic delays that cost us over $160 billion a year and cause more than 35,000 traffic fatalities. Cities across the country -- like Flint, Michigan -- have unsafe drinking water, and 240,000 water main breaks a year waste over 2 trillion gallons of water.
Little Caesars Arena is going up brick-by-brick, built by the more than 800 tradesmen and women working six days a week on the project all year round. But just how many bricks does it take to build the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons in the District Detroit?
The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in Texas is one of the largest projects in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) medical construction program. UA members performed all of the design-build mechanical and plumbing services for the new 947,000-square-foot hospital, as well as installation of the critical medical gas system and lifesaving fire suppression systems.
A modern engineering marvel, the Hoover Dam Bypass is a new American landmark that rivals the world-famous dam itself. Soaring 900 feet above the Colorado River and built to withstand a 1,000 year earthquake, the four-lane, 19,000 foot long bridge is the longest single-span concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. LIUNA Local 872 members performed over 500,000 man hours, of work in concrete drilling and blast work, rock scaling, securing loose rocks and removing dangerous boulders.