It is no secret that all levels of government are facing unprecedented budget deficits. While state and municipal revenues are dropping, infrastructure needs are growing and the question of sustainability is taking center stage. Can we afford to keep those infrastructure assets and all four million miles of paved roads in the U.S.? I work with asphalt every day, and I can tell you from my long experience that there are some good answers.
In 2006, the 50th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System highlighted the contrast between the condition of the roads in recent years and their condition when the system was inaugurated. Built in the 1960s, the system was an undertaking that successfully constructed the highway backbone of the U.S. Among other factors, it propelled this country to its position as a world leader.