Vermont faces serious infrastructure challenges, but it’s easy to ignore until a crisis. “Most people assume our infrastructure will just be there,” says TJ Kingsbury, President of Kingsbury, a general contractor based in Middlesex. “People assume they can walk into their homes and the lights will turn on, clean water will pour from their faucets, and the toilets will flush. But those things aren’t a guarantee. We’re lucky to have them, but unless we maintain our critical infrastructure, we will lose them. And when we lose our infrastructure, we lose the very foundation of a functioning society.”
“When it comes to our infrastructure, above ground or below, we’re largely putting band-aids on the problem,” explains Tyler Whitcomb, Vice President of Whitcomb Construction Corporation in Colchester. “The towns and cities and state don’t have the resources or the money to deploy a long-term strategy that would rebuild our systems from the ground up. So, we replace the most deficient portions, the ones most likely to fail or we patch the holes and cracks hoping to get a few more years out of them.”
Read more about Vermont’s aging infrastructure challenges in the next edition of
The Build Board.