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Op-Ed: The Infrastructure Law Proves Government Still Works
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Op-Ed: The Infrastructure Law Proves Government Still Works

Tyrrell County Commissioner Nathan “Tommy” Everett describes how an aging bridge threatens the economic growth and safety of the community. After a historic investment from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the bridge will soon be replaced, ensuring the community remains safe and connected.

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Picture this: someone in your life is having a medical emergency. You live in a small town and must travel at least 30 miles by ambulance to the nearest emergency center. You hold their hand as the paramedics rush you both to the hospital. But then the ambulance comes to an abrupt stop. You look outside the window and see the bridge you are traveling across is broken. As the bridge tender hurries to fix it, every minute feels like an hour, but it’s better than your other option: taking a 99-mile detour.

This is not a fictional scenario, this is a real-life situation that I faced while in an ambulance crossing the Alligator River Bridge. The 61-year-old drawbridge regularly malfunctions when closing, leaving the tens of thousands of residents in risky situations like the one I encountered. As a critical hurricane evacuation route, a malfunctioning bridge could be a matter of life or death.

The above excerpt was originally published in Cardinal & Pine. Click here to view the full article.

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Nathan Everett


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