Fits and starts, bumper to bumper. ENR Transportation Editor Aileen Cho and I headed to Washington, D.C. along the dreaded, traffic-clogged I-95 corridor. And we're riding in a 1949 Hudson Commodore. Why? To send the message that "America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty and as energy defunct" as the car.

If we’re successful, we’ll travel 5,000 miles to the West Coast in Mrs. Martin, the nickname I've given my Detroit lead sled. Aileen and I will be journaling the lack of investment in vital infrastructure and how that is putting the U.S. in the slow lane while the world economy is riding in the fast one.

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