The Boston Globe Takes a Deep – and Somewhat Grim – Look at Roads, Bridges and Lack of Investment

The Boston Globe (in a piece sponsored by Rockland Trust) kicks off a series about infrastructure with a grim look at the state of roads and bridges, noting that “fuel efficient cars, plummeting gas prices, and a political aversion to tax increases, have wreaked havoc on the Highway Trust Fund, which is facing a $1 trillion backlog just in repairs and maintenance, not to mention new and needed projects, the DOT says.” On tolling, the report adds, “Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who co-chairs a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to encouraging investment in infrastructure called Building America’s Future, estimated that perhaps only 1,000 of the nation’s 60,000 structurally deficient bridges would have the potential to produce tolls that would produce enough revenue to interest the private sector.”