Two strangers get into a 65-year-old car and set off across the U.S., looking for projects, plows and professionals dedicated to our nation’s infrastructure. This is what happens when two transportation infrastructure writers who’d never met, talk for an hour on the phone: Low and Slow Across America’s Infrastructure.
ENR’s senior transportation editor Aileen Cho and author Dan McNichol are setting off in mid-May on a real-time documentary "road trip" in a vintage 1949 Hudson automobile that symbolizes the age of the Interstate - and the effort it requires to keep it running.
Be it visiting megaprojects like the Ohio River Bridges, Appalachian public works garages, or engineering offices using the latest and greatest in high-tech tools for asset maintenance, Dan and Aileen aim to dig out the stories of the efforts by public servants and private industry to keep our aging roads, mass transit systems, airports, and water systems intact, prudently upgraded or wisely replaced, in an age of perpetual procrastination regarding federal funding.
Be sure to keep up with their progress through the heartland via blogs, tweets and video that will be posted regularly on enr.com, and in upcoming issues of ENR.
Low and Slow Across America: Tour Dates
May 13: Dan departs Boston to meet Aileen in NY
May 14-17: Tour West Point, Philadelphia, NYC
May 17: Depart NYC for Washington, DC
May 18-19: APWA event, project tours
May 19: Depart DC for Louisville, Ky.
May 21-22: Tour the Ohio River Bridges project
May 22: Louisville to St. Louis, Mo.
May 24-26: St. Louis
May 26: St. Louis to Kansas City
May 27-28: Kansas City, visit streetcar project
May 28: Kansas City to Denver
June 1-2: Denver, visit Fastracks and other local projects
June 2-3: Denver to Glenwood Springs, visit I-70 project
June 4-6: Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City
June 8-9: Salt Lake City to Reno, Nev.
June 9-10: Reno to Sacramento, Calif.
June 10-11: Sacramento to San Francisco
June 11: Sacramento to Fresno, visit California high-speed rail project
June 12-13: Fresno to Los Angeles
This itinerary will be updated as the trip approaches. Dates and locations subject to change. If you are involved in an infrastructure project or public works department along the route and are interested in meeting the team, please contact Aileen Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tudor Van Hampton at email@example.com for details.