This morning, the Rossen Report on NBC’s Today Show reported on a new government study that shows there are 58,495 bridges in the U.S. highway system that are “structurally deficient and in need of repair.” Watch the NBC piece HERE.
This report, presented by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, is yet another collection of data that supports the ongoing campaign by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades to urge lawmakers and decision makers to increase the investment in our infrastructure and repair these bridges.
The Causes of Corrosion:
Water / moisture, acids, bases, salts, oils, and other solid or liquid chemicals… essentially any element or condition that interrupts the integrity of metal in its solid state in a respective environment.
Without corrosion mitigation to our national infrastructure the threat to our environment and public safety is real and substantial. The economic impact is also a significant concern: Negative effect on U.S. economy = $500 billion per year. That’s about $1,500 per citizen.
Fortunately, through the use of the stringent NACE 13/ACS 1 Standard, qualified IUPAT coating experts are able to suspend the deterioration process by applying paint specialized to prevent corrosion on metal structures.
Watch a video about the IUPAT campaign below: