Reports on Highways and Bridges

As the close of the Pulaski Skyway for at least two years commences on April 12, here are some relevant reports: 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance (Federal Highway Administration); 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (American Society of Civil Engineers, fully 36% of New Jersey’s bridges are subpar with 26.2% of them classified as functionally obsolete); Transportation Infrastructure: Limited Improvement in Bridge Conditions over the Past Decade, but Financial Challenges Remain (GAO,”Of the 607,380 bridges on the nation’s roadways in 2012, 1 in 4 was classified as deficient,” Highlights); Aging Infrastructure: Issues, Research, and Technology (Department of Homeland Security, “There are 189 thousand steel bridges and many of the older structures may be nearing their fatigue life. The main issues of concern for steel bridges are corrosion of steel members.”3-8); Infrastructure Investment and U.S. Competitiveness (Council on Foreign Relations); Building America’s Future: Falling Apart and Falling Behind (Building America’s Future Education Fund); and The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure (House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure).

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