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  • The worst roads in the nation

    The U.S. DOT lays blame for the sad state of roads and bridges firmly at the feet of Congress. This chart uses the agency's information to rate each state's transportation assets based on three criteria.

  • Is there no solution to this state's drought?

    As Colorado continues to grow, water utilities say conserving existing sources isn't enough to meet future demand. Those who support river diversion are squaring off against those who believe in "frugality and reuse."

  • Rough Roads Cost Car Owners $1,044 a Year

    That's the figure for San Francisco, which according to The Road Improvement Project has the nation's worst pavement. As travel returns to pre-recession rates, road conditions are expected to decline further without additional funding from all government levels.

  • Robot scouts utility's water lines for leaks

    Warning, Will Robinson! Louisville Water Co. is spending almost $2 million on a new tool that will (hopefully) enable crews to fix troubled mains before they burst.

  • Worker Shortages Delay Public Projects

    Good help is harder than ever to find in areas of the country where the Great Recession's a distant memory. The result: construction delays. A road project in Texas, for example, is at least a year behind schedule.

  • FHWA Launches New Tunnel Inspection Program

    They're the most expensive project a DOT can build, but highway tunnel construction is increasing. To enhance the structures' safety, FHWA's released the first set of inspection standards.

  • Marathon a day keeps waterborne diseases at bay

    The 33-year-old co-founder of Activewater ran one marathon each day for 100 consecutive days to raise money for a clean water-and-sewer project. Talk about a sense of mission!

  • Need a new bridge? Fire up a 3D printer

    Plans are under way to build the world's first 3D printed pedestrian bridge. Hey, if it works for clothes and cars, why not infrastructure?

  • Six states raise gas tax to fund road, bridge projects

    To plug the gap between available funding and infrastructure needs, these six states have begun charging drivers anywhere from 0.35 cents to 7 cents more for a gallon of gas. (One state, though, lowered its gas tax.)

  • Residents and roundabouts: a love-hate relationship

    What IS it with American drivers and traffic circles?! European motorists have no problem with the concept, but every U.S. project inevitably faces resistance.