Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

This report looks at transportation challenges in rural America. It begins with a review of the importance of transportation infrastructure to the rural economy. A lack of connectivity between rural communities and the Interstate Highway system is a challenge which negatively impacts economic activity. Rural roads also have safety challenges including high fatality rates and a lack of safety features. Data includes the States with the most fatalities in crashes on rural non-Interstate roads and number of fatalities on rural non-Interstate roads from 2005 to 2013. Possible safety improvements for rural roads are outlined based on costs. Poor road conditions are also a safety factor and data includes States with the highest share of poor condition rural roads and percentage of structurally deficient bridges by State. The report concludes with suggestions to improve connectivity, traffic safety, and road and bridge conditions.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 44p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2015 4:08PM