Highways for LIFE: A Daunting Challenge

Posted by Infra on Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Whether you manage a small dairy, or a large multinational corporation…or if you drive an 18-wheeler, delivering goods across our nation…the tremendous highway transportation system in our country impacts everybody, every day.

For me, that impact’s always gone double. You see, I spent a 34-year career working for the Department of Transportation right here in Pennsylvania, building and maintaining highways.

But using these rural roads that carry less than 50 vehicles a day including horse-and-buggies…

…or these Interstate highways that carry 70,000 vehicles a day, including 25% trucks, has become more and more of a challenge.

I believe today our highway system is facing what we might call a perfect storm.

The needs to renew the system are tremendous, and all we have to do is look at the conditions of our bridges to see that. That renewal, today, has to take place under tremendous traffic — traffic that has to be maintained during construction.      – USDOTFHWA on YouTube

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