Crumbling Infrastructure

Memphis, Tennessee

Crack in Bridge Connecting Arkansas to Tennessee Comes With Consequences, Debate

Goods movement on the Mississippi River, as well as truck traffic on a key interstate, has ground to a halt after a crack was discovered last week in a bridge on Interstate 40 connecting to Memphis.

May 19, 2021 - Associated Press via NBC News

Pennsylvania Trucks

PennDOT Sees Dollars for Interstate Widenings in Biden's Jobs Plan

Despite the narrative about infrastructure spending priorities shifting toward emissions-reducing investments in the American Jobs Plan, the car-centric status quo expects more of the same.

April 13, 2021 - CBS 21

City of Bridges

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 -


Letting Cities and Regions Lead Infrastructure Investment

Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research recently published "A Bottom-Up Infrastructure Strategy for American Renewal."

February 19, 2021 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

Port of Seattle

Scrambling to Replace the Heavily Used West Seattle Bridge

The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge Safety Project is in high gear, more than six months after the city's most heavily trafficked bridge was closed suddenly for safety risks.

November 19, 2020 - The Urbanist

Cincinnati and Covington

Two Bridges Across the Ohio River in Cincinnati Closed on the Same Day

Two of the transportation connections between Ohio and Kentucky in the Cincinnati metropolitan area were closed on the same day, leaving one side of the Ohio River cut off from the other.

November 13, 2020 - WCPO

Port of Seattle

With a Key Bridge Cracked and Closed, Seattle Considers Another Tunnel

The West Seattle Bridge, a key artery for car commuters in Seattle, has been closed since March, and the city has begun to consider a broad array of options for repairing or replacing the span.

June 11, 2020 - The Seattle Times


First Wave of Lawsuits to Litigate Michigan's Dam Catastrophe

After a series of failures last week sent flood waters spilling into Midland County, Michigan, property owners in the area are filing class action lawsuits to recoup their losses.

May 27, 2020 - Detroit Free Press


Climate Change in Action: Massive Storms, Dam Failures

The dam failures that sent residents of Michigan scrambling last week can be connected to the extreme weather events created by climate change, according to experts.

May 24, 2020 - Inside Climate News

Midland, Michigan,

Dams Break in Michigan: Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure Takes Center Stage Again

Reports of catastrophic infrastructure failure today in Michigan, a state already facing some of the worst consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 20, 2020 - CNN

Brooklyn Bridge

Reimagining Infrastructure

An ambitious and innovative infrastructure program can multiply benefits for cities willing to take bold steps.

November 15, 2019 - Next City

Niobrara River

The U.S. of Breaking and Broken Dams

New analysis of high-hazard dams reveals the ubiquity, and risks, of the infrastructure challenges facing the United States.

November 12, 2019 - AP News

New York New Jersey Transit

Gateway Program Encounters Barrier in Trump

President Trump has not been a friend to the $30 billion Gateway Program, a transportation project meant to replace aging rail infrastructure connecting New York and New Jersey.

April 15, 2019 - Yahoo Finance

California Central Valley

Let's Hope Trump Considers Infrastructure a National Security Issue Too

Maybe, just maybe, Trump might also be willing to consider the decaying condition of U.S. infrastructure a matter of national security. And if Congress played along, perhaps we'd get a 2019 Infrastructure bill. That's how Eisenhower did it.

January 14, 2019 - Robert Fischer

A photo of protesters on the front lawn of the Ohio Statehouse during the State of the Union speech by Governer Kasich.

New Leadership Tasked With Solving Ohio's Transportation Challenges

Ohio has a new Republican governor, and the state has a transportation funding problem. Can a new group of advocates convince the state's political leadership to approve a new gas tax?

January 14, 2019 - Columbus Dispatch

Tappan Zee Bridge

Critiquing Gov. Cuomo's Attention to Roads and Highways

New York Governor Cuomo has taken heat for his neglect of New York City's subway system and for overspending on splashy projects like the Tappan Zee. His track record on the state's system of roads and highways is also now called into question.

November 6, 2018 - New York Post

St. Louis

Bridge Closure Will Reroute Traffic in St. Louis for a Year

The Martin Luther King's daily trip load has been greatly lessened by the opening of the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge in 2014, but all the drivers currently using the bridge will have to find another way to go.

August 28, 2018 - St. Louis Public Radio

Los Angeles Streets

Domino's Pizza Now Fixing Potholes Around the County

There's something about potholes that produces strange headlines along with billions of dollars with of auto repair money every year.

June 12, 2018 - Yahoo Finance

Empty Train

Mapping the Decline of the New York City Subway

A writer weaves a "decade by decade" story, complete with diagrams, of how not to manage a public transit system.

April 19, 2018 - CityLab

Golden Gate

Op-Ed: Let's Make Urban Design Inspiring Again

Allison Arieff finds fault with the nation's uninspired conversation on infrastructure. When urban design projects have more emotional appeal, she argues, they can unify rather than divide.

March 1, 2018 - The New York Times

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