American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

New AASHTO Report Shows America Needs More Transportation Capacity

Rebuild Aging Infrastructure

The first priority for our future transportation system should be to preserve and modernize the system of highways, transit and rail built over the last century.  Routine maintenance will no longer suffice for highways and bridges that are 40 to 50 years old.  Pavements must be rebuilt, bridges replaced and transit systems modernized, all with new materials and technology, that will last far into the future. 

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What Lies Beneath?
Why must we invest in rebuilding highways from the ground up? A new video, Life Cycle of a Highway, produced by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), vividly illustrates what happens below the surface of highways after 50 years of car and truck traffic have passed over them. Drivers can feel the bumps and potholes, but what they don't see is how rock and soil layers supporting the roadway crumble regardless of what is done to the surface. Eventually, the highway has to be completely rebuilt and the price tag grows the longer the work is delayed. MoDOT is making the video available to all states to use in communicating the need to reinvest in highways. Contact for more information.

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