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Why We Need to Accelerate Infrastructure Construction

Infrastructure Repair and Upgrades

Infrastructure is an essential component of any society. It provides the foundation for economic growth, improved quality of life, and environmental sustainability. Unfortunately, much of the world's infrastructure is in disrepair, and it's crumbling faster than we can repair it.

Years of underinvestment and deferred maintenance have taken a toll on roads, bridges, airports, water systems, and other essential infrastructure. Many of these systems are well beyond their intended lifespan, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain them.

Furthermore, the effects of climate change are exacerbating the situation, causing more frequent and severe weather events that damage infrastructure. The costs of repairing and replacing infrastructure are skyrocketing, making it challenging for governments to keep up.

Without immediate action, the situation will only continue to worsen. Infrastructure deficiencies will hinder economic growth, make it more difficult for people to access essential services, and harm the environment. It's clear that we need to accelerate infrastructure construction to address these pressing issues.

Economic Growth

One real-life example of the impact of infrastructure on economic growth can be seen in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that the country's aging infrastructure will cost the economy $10 trillion in lost GDP by 2039 if left unaddressed.

By investing in infrastructure projects such as repairing and upgrading roads and bridges, building new transportation systems, and expanding access to high-speed internet, we can create jobs, increase productivity, and stimulate economic activity.

For example, the Gordie Howe International Bridge (image above), currently under construction between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, is estimated to save around 850,000 hours per year for trucks, which equates to billions of dollars in economic savings over the bridge's service lifetime. This new infrastructure will improve efficiency and productivity, as well as provide the necessary conditions for businesses and communities to thrive, ultimately contributing to Canada's economic growth.

Investing in infrastructure not only benefits the economy in the short term, but also sets the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity.

Improved Quality of Life

Infrastructure development has the power to transform lives and bring hope to communities in need. In many developing countries, lack of access to basic services such as clean water, electricity, and healthcare can be a matter of life or death. By investing in infrastructure, we can improve the quality of life for individuals and families, providing them with access to the basic necessities they need to thrive.

For example, in Uganda, access to clean water has been a major challenge for decades. 83% of the population lack access to a reliable and safe source of water. However, with the help of international aid organizations, new infrastructure projects have brought water to communities that previously had to walk miles to access it. This not only improves the health and well-being of individuals but also frees up time for children to attend school and adults to engage in income-generating activities.

Environmental Sustainability

Investing in renewable energy infrastructure is key to promoting environmental sustainability. With options such as wind, solar, and hydro power, we have the ability to generate clean energy that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and lowers our carbon footprint.

A real-life example of this can be seen in Germany, where the country has made significant investments in renewable energy infrastructure. In 2019, renewables overtook coal as the country’s primary source of energy for the first time, accounting for over 40% of the country’s electricity production. 

By continuing to invest in clean energy infrastructure, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.


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Archipelago is a professional services network in the architectural, engineering & construction (AEC) industry that aims to connect member firms, boost productivity, and harness technology to meet the increasing demand for infrastructure and housing. Our mission is to empower firms by sharing knowledge, resources, and expertise, fostering innovation in designing sustainable development for future generations. Join our network today, and let's collaborate to shape a better future for all.