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Roads and Bridges Are Not Crumbling

Rebutting the argument that roads and bridges are "crumbling" and should be our first infrastructure priority.
April 8, 2021, 11am PDT | Michael Lewyn | @mlewyn
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City of Bridges

The Biden Administration, like its predecessors, seeks to throw money at roads and bridges, based on the oft-stated claim that American roads are "crumbling." In a recent post, Matt Yglesias challenges this view. Yglesias points out that:

  1. Americans have shorter commute times than residents of many other countries;
  2. American roads have actually become less rough over time;
  3. According to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. has some of the best roads in the world;
  4. The American rate of bridge failure is lower than that of Canada or Finland.
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