Bridge to Nowhere?

How the U.S. is losing the infrastructure race

A top-notch economy requires a top-notch infrastructure. Yet in the U.S., roads are crumbling. In the past 25 years, miles traveled by car or truck have doubled, but total highway length has barely budged--one reason the World Economic Forum ranked American infrastructure a troubling 24th out of 124 nations. "We're not in the back of the pack, but we used to be in the front, and we're falling," says Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, which has released a new report on the issue. (See the report at www.cfr.org/roadtonowhere.) Meanwhile, South Korea,...

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