A+ INFRASTRUCTURE Begins Below the Surface

By: Branden Reall, P.E., M.ASCE
Article published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure

American roads received a D grade in the 2013 Infrastructure Report Card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). When ASCE released a fresh version of the study in 2017, America’s roads fared no better: another D grade. Short of a “magical genie” granting the wish of an unlimited transportation infrastructure budget, what can be done to lift our roads from D-grade to A+ infrastructure?

A driver’s experience of a road is largely determined by its smoothness. Beyond being a predictor of driving pleasure, road smoothness also is linked to road safety, service life, sustainability and savings. If there were just one lever to pull to improve America’s road quality, smoothness is it.

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