Related Links: ENR's Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour How One Old Car Became a Metaphor for America's Infrastructure Darrell Carlisle approached the 1949 Hudson sedan, nicknamed Mrs. Martin and serving as a low-slung symbol of America's aging infrastructure. Standing at a gas station off Interstate 64 between Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis, the Jefferson, Ind., resident recalled a "60 Minutes" television episode on infrastructure and thought of a Pittsburgh bridge, which had a special platform built to catch spalling concrete."Every time I go across a bridge, I think about that," Carlisle said. "How well was this built, and
Related Links: Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Mrs. Martin is America’s broken infrastructure. A third of the way to the West Coast Aileen and I parked under the great St. Louis Arch for the Memorial Day weekend.Mrs. Martin, after passing a younger, bright-red Tesla parked in front of our hotel which shuttles guests around downtown St. Louis, retired to her room on the 10th floor of a convention center parking garage. Reflecting on how the Low & Slow tour is method acting the nation’s broken infrastructure I’ve logged notes.Click to begin the slide show
Related Links: Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure 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
Photo by Dan McNichol The Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey, one of the first stops on the Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure tour. Related Links: Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure Disgusted with gridlock and the politics of Washington, DC when it comes to the infrastructure spend, I headed into it and towards it. On a hot and humid Wednesday morning in May I began the shlep through Boston’s morning rush. As I rolled onto the Mass Pike I felt the glare of workers starting their daily driving grind. Peering out of hermetically sealed cockpits, where music was streaming
Photo Courtesy Dan McNichol Related Links: Restoring a 1949 Hudson To Get It on the Road Again: A Slide Show Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure Infrastructure Megaprojects: Looking For Legacies "Go low and slow, dude," suggested a man from Los Angeles, referring to my 1949 lead sled, a Detroit original. I was in Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway, in 2014, circumnavigating America to explore the nation’s infrastructure. As I headed south to L.A. on the last leg of my 14,000-mile journey, the phrase "low and slow" stuck in my craw.In a couple of weeks, Aileen Cho, senior
Related Links: How One Old Car Became a Metaphor for America's Infrastructure Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure It took quite a bit of work to get "Mrs. Martin," a 1949 Hudson Commodore, from curious eBay listing to cross-country driving machine. Author Dan McNichol and his mechanic Dr. Per Christiansen—"The Hudson Whisperer"—restored the car to working order so it may serve as a rolling metaphor for America's aging infrastructure. Click the image to begin the slide show.