The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

This book describes how the infrastructure throughout the United States in a state of disrepair and many of the countries bridges are considered to structurally deficient. The book contains 21 unique chapters. The first chapter titled, The Road Taken discusses givens, choices, forks, and sighs. The second chapter titled, The Road Not Taken discusses words, reports and grades. The third chapter titled, Roads discusses dirt, stone, wood, concrete, and asphalt roads. The fourth chapter titled, Diverged discusses transcontinental journeys and interstate dreams. The fifth chapter titled, Yellow discusses centerlines, stop signs and traffic lights. The sixth chapter titled, Could Not Travel discusses earthquakes, envy and embarrassment. The seventh chapter titled, In the Undergrowth discusses elevated, subway and engineers. The eighth chapter titled, Just as Far discusses location, location-and financing. The ninth chapter titled, Perhaps for Better Claim discusses iconic, signature and stunning spans. The tenth chapter titled, Because it Was discusses guardrails, medians, and Jersey barriers. The eleventh chapter titled, Grassy and Wanted Wear discusses streets, lawns, speed bumps and potholes. The twelfth chapter titled, The Passing There discusses sidewalks, curbs, gutters, horses and pavements. The thirteenth chapter titled, Had Worn Them Really discusses quality, shoddiness and survivor bias. The fourteenth chapter titled, About the Same discusses good enough bridges and bad enough tools. The fifteenth chapter titled, Lay in Leaves discusses triage, budgets and choices, again. The sixteenth chapter titled, Trodden Black discusses corruption, graft, waste, fraud and abuse. The seventeenth chapter titled For Another Day discusses fuel taxes, trust funds and politics. The eighteenth chapter titled, How Way Leads on the Way discusses economics, wrong turns, and political choices. The nineteenth chapter titled, Ever Comes Back discusses pedestrians, preservationists and parks. The twentieth chapter titled, Telling This with a Sigh discusses public private partnerships, pluses and minuses; and the twenty first chapter titled, Ages and Ages hence discusses smart cars and pot-hole free roads.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: 336p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781632863614
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2016 11:46AM