May 15, 2008

One if by land, two if by air: Americas aging infrastructure

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On the Road Again: America's Aging Roadways 
America's current infrastructure is beginning to show its age and new policies need to be implemented to fix the growing problems. Both the President and Congress have acknowledged that there are problems with our current aviation infrastructure and are looking for ways to lessen the costs associated with flight delays while maintaining the industry's impeccable safety record. In addition, the Minnesota bridge collapse brought America's poorly kept up roadway system to the nation's attention. The Mercatus Center, at George Mason University, hosts Dr. Jonathan Gifford to speak on these transportation infrastructure issues.

Dr. Gifford, a professor at George Mason University, looks at our aging highway system and make predictions and recommendations for what might happen in the coming decades. Already problems exist as congestion worsens and road maintenance lags behind schedule; however, there are solutions which can make driving safer and more efficient while keeping the costs of maintaining our roadway system down. He shows why a reassessment of highway system funding is needed, describes how new technologies will make road travel safer and more efficient, and explains potential alternatives to roadway travel.