Podcast: A Focus on Puerto Rico

Recovery and resiliency are keys to better infrastructure

The infrastructure issues facing Puerto Rico are no different than those facing the rest of the United States, but being an island exponentially increases the difficulty of solving those issues.

In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, we talk with Congresswoman Jenniffer González Colón, Puerto Rico’s Republican delegate in Congress. She is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and talks about Puerto Rico’s specific challenges and needs as it recovers from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.

“If we invest wisely with resilient infrastructure, you won’t use that money again on another disaster the next year,” she said. “That’s the importance of not just fixing or repairing but building back better.”

Some issues are shared with states throughout the United States, such as efficient and resilient roads, bridges, airports and ports. However, the island imports 80 percent of the goods it consumes, including construction materials, and also has a shortage of workers to rebuild washed away bridges and create vital and resilient infrastructure.



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