April 2, 2021
MOAB, UT – The Glenn Administration announced its long awaited infrastructure plan today, but critics fear the nearly $300 billion project was misallocated.
The announcement came months after the hotly contested re-election of President Melissa Glenn, which allowed enough time for the overwhelmingly negative public sentiment toward her and her policies to wane.
On Monday, officials from the National Surplus Management Agency (NSMA) gathered in Moab, Utah in what was once Arches National Park to unveil the new infrastructure plan.
The plan, which is already underway in and around the vast Utah landscape, is a private freeway that is expected to stretch from coast to coast, eventually connecting Los Angeles to New York City.
The largest infrastructure plan since President Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway system, the private freeway is designed for self-driving vehicles capable of extraordinary speeds.
While the driverless vehicle revolution has not yet caught up to the infrastructure plan, the Glenn Administration hopes to have parts of the freeway completed before its use is allowed.
The first stretch will connect the Los Angeles suburbs to those of Denver. That portion is scheduled for completion by 2023, according to Jeff McIntosh, the maligned director of the NSMA.
“This freeway will allow the shipment of goods and services, as well as individuals in this country to be easier and faster than ever before,” said McIntosh of the Arches National Freeway, named for its headquarters in Moab. “This masterpiece of modern transportation will change the way we travel in the United States.”
According to a release from the NSMA, the highway will include but two stops between Los Angeles and New York City. One will be near Denver and the other near Chicago.
McIntosh explained that connecting driverless freeways will also be completed to other metro areas like Seattle and Miami as time and funding permits in the future.
While the NSMA was predictably positive about the project, lawmakers, including members of Glenn’s own Republican party, were furious that these funds were directed toward the freeway project when so much of the country’s existing infrastructure needs the attention.
“Roads and bridges across our country are crumbling and the President wants to build a private super-freeway that will be inaccessible to nearly every American,” said freshman Rep. Stuart Yurczyk (D-MN). “What is most appalling is that Glenn is turning her back on the very people who elected her into office: the hard-working Americans in so-called fly-over country.”
Other politicians similarly called for those funds to be distributed more wisely to projects like high-speed rail and to the country’s roads and bridges.
In response, White House Press Secretary Tomi Lahren touted the undetermined amount of jobs that will come as a by product of the construction and the trade advantages that will result from the project that experts believe is a decade away from completion.
While the previous three NSMA announcements have been met with rampant protesting surrounding the environmental impact of the projects, the Utah plan garnered significantly less attention in that regard.
While outrage remains in regards to the financing and perceived infeasibility of the freeway project, the thousands of protestors that met in Wyoming and California last year dwindled to between 200 and 300 committed activists in Moab this weekend.
“I think that the anger is still out there, but it’s getting harder for people to commit to this cause when they are steamrolled by this administration over and over,” said America Needs Parks co-founder Graham Hodgson of the diminished support in his camp.
Hodgson also noted that many protestors were turned off by sleight of hand maneuver from the Glenn Administration after Election Day, when it hinted at opening a project in Hawai’i, only to change the location to the Florida Everglades at the last minute.
“Some of our supporters were understandably gun-shy after that debacle,” said Hodgson. “Still, it’s not okay to give up. We cannot let them get away with this. She has removed everyone that can hold her accountable. We, the people, are all that’s left.”
Hodgson, looking weary, spoke about the sadness he felt to see another National Park lost to Glenn’s NSMA project commissioned by the Department of the Interior. The fervor and spirit evident in his voice months ago was absent on Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Hawai’i project remains idle in the Pacific, with activist groups wondering what will happen there and when the surprise announcement will come.
When asked if Hodgson’s loyal followers will make the trek to Hawai’i once again, he replied, “I sure hope so. Like I said, it’s on us now.”