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April 30, 2010, 1:00 PM PDT

By Tim Halbur


From the summary: "The deterioration of our roads and bridges is no accident. Rather, it is the direct result of countless policy decisions that put other considerations ahead of the pressing need to preserve our investment in the highway system.

Political forces often undermine a strong commitment to maintenance: Members of Congress, state legislators and local politicians thrive on ribbon-cuttings. Powerful special interests push for new and bigger highways. Meanwhile, federal and state policies – which should provide strong guidance in the wise use of taxpayer dollars – often fail to achieve the proper balance between building new infrastructure and taking care of what we already have built. "

Thanks to Phineas Baxandall

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America's Crumbling Roads and Bridges

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