An Aging Infrastructure And The Need For A New Era In Transportation Policy

This Sept. 12, 2013, photo shows a car driving past rusting damage on the bridge on River St. in Rutland, Vt. The Rutland bridge gets a "structure needs full replacement" description in a recent state inspection report, and that work is to be done by 2015 according to the structures chief with the state Agency of Transportation.   - AP Photo/Toby Talbot

This Sept. 12, 2013, photo shows a car driving past rusting damage on the bridge on River St. in Rutland, Vt. The Rutland bridge gets a "structure needs full replacement" description in a recent state inspection report, and that work is to be done by 2015 according to the structures chief with the state Agency of Transportation.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

An Aging Infrastructure And The Need For A New Era In Transportation Policy

Some 63,000 bridges in the US are deemed structurally deficient. We discuss aging infrastructure and the need for a new era in transportation policy

Some 63,000 bridges in the U.S. are deemed to be structurally deficient: not on the verge of collapsing, but in serious need of repair. This is actually good news: an increase in federal spending in the past few years has slightly lowered the number of U.S. bridges urgently needing maintenance. But experts warn there is a crisis at hand. The Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of money by the end of the summer, federal taxes on gas and diesel haven’t been raised in 20 years, and despite support in both parties, it’s not clear what federal funding will be available for state and local infrastructure projects. Join us to discuss who will pick up the tab for road repairs.

Guests

Robert Puentes

senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution.

Chris Edwards

economist and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute.

Fawn Johnson

correspondent, National Journal.

Phineas Baxandall

federal budget and tax analyst, US PIRG.

Patrick Jones

executive director and CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association (IBTTA).

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