Davids Introduces Bill to Encourage Smart, Resilient Repairs to our Infrastructure
This week, Rep. Davids introduced the Resilient Repairs Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to rebuild damaged highways, roads, and trails with resiliency in mind—reducing the likelihood of recurring future repairs. Kansas is one of the top five states rated most susceptible to the effects of climate change, particularly flooding. This bill would ensure that repeatedly damaged structures—such as federal roads and highways in Kansas that consistently flood during storms—are not just fixed for now, but are rebuilt in a way that resists future damage and saves taxpayer money on constant repairs.
“Everyone in Kansas knows the damage that flooding and tornadoes can inflict on our roads, highways, and trails. Rather than continuing to repair these structures the same way each time they are hit by a disaster, we should be finding ways to make them stronger and more resilient,” said Davids. “I introduced the Resilient Repairs Act to require that the U.S. Department of Transportation consider resiliency whenever possible, saving taxpayers money in the long run and protecting against the effects of climate change.”
The federal government spends billions of dollars fixing damaged structures each year, including around $17 billion just on repairs from storm-related winds and flooding. As the frequency of these disasters rises, that cost is projected to go up as well. In her role as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Davids advocates for smart, sustainable investments in our infrastructure systems. She also introduced the Helping Communities Invest in Infrastructure Act, legislation that will help local communities access infrastructure financing for their projects.
The Resilient Repairs Act amends the U.S. Code to require that the Department of Transportation consider feasible and economically justifiable improvements to repeatedly damaged highways, roads, and trails with a focus on resiliency, so that these structures are less likely to be damaged again. This includes roads, highways, and trails in tribal communities.