Barry B. LePatner TOO BIG TO FALL America's failing infrastructure and the way forward
TOO BIG TO FALL
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Chapter 2: Following the Money: Road and Bridge Funding and the Maintenance Deficit

“As the American highway system expanded, and the infrastructure built in the first flush of the postwar era began to age, the nation’s capacity for addressing this looming problem was undermined by another feature of the political arrangements that had brought the system into being: a system of highway finance that disguised the true costs of the nation’s roads and bridges from motorists and undercharged them for their use of the structures.”
—p. 47

“The growing problems of capacity shortages and congestion have become an unofficial rationale for those urging the construction of still more roads and undercharging motorists for their use. Each of these, in turn, leads to the need for even more new roads requiring maintenance—and leaving the nation with more roads whose maintenance may be neglected. Today, our outdated and overused road system is crumbling.”
—p. 61

 

Table of Contents

Excerpts:
Introduction
Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Bridges
Chapter 2: Following the Money: Road and Bridge Funding and the Maintenance Deficit
Chapter 3: No Sense of Urgency: The Politics and Culture of Road and Bridge Maintenance
Chapter 4: Finding the Money
Chapter 5: The Technological Imperative
Chapter 6: The Way Forward