Highways and Streets

Issues & Modes / Highways and Streets

There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

GAO’s 10 Options for Climate-Resilient Roads

A new report out this week from the U.S. Government Accountability Office examines ways that the Federal Highway Administration could...

Op-Ed: Why Automated Driving Faces a Monster Uphill Battle

My three-year-old daughter takes her friend’s power wheels car for a first-time spin. I briefly show her how to turn the steering...

Earmark Patterns in the House’s INVEST Act

The Federal Highway Administration has completed its highway funding projections under the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684), as passed...

Webinar: COVID-19 Mobility Adaptations: Building a Knowledge Base for New Practices

With the COVID-19 pandemic came a rapid increase in demand for safe, physically distant space for walking and cycling. Thousands of...

Can Biden build a bridge to fix America’s infrastructure problems?

Designed to support state-level transportation projects, Paul Lewis, vice president of policy at Eno Center for Transportation, said...

Infrastructure overhaul should focus more on safety, advocates say

The administration still hasn’t spelled out a lot of details about the initial plan, but more than $400 billion apparently would go...

The repair of a vital Memphis bridge could take 2 months, chief engineer says. The impacts are already being felt

"A bridge like this could likely qualify, but it's hard to say what the metrics will be," said Paul Lewis, vice president of policy and...

Guest Op-Ed: The Current State of Public Policy for Autonomous Trucking

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has long advocated for the benefits autonomous vehicles can bring to the nation’s...

White House plan calls for large expansion of federal government’s role in transportation

The Biden administration is calling for $365 billion in highway spending, $189 billion for transit and $94 billion for rail over five...

Can Congress fix I-80? How Biden’s expected infrastructure plan could impact Sacramento

Saying a bridge is deficient “doesn’t mean the bridge is about to fall down. That kind of thing is very rare. Things that engineers...

Proceed With Caution Regarding Transportation Earmarks, Stakeholders Say

Jeff Davis hopes lawmakers will tread cautiously. “I just hope they can restrain themselves,” he said.  

Webinar: Form and Function: The Role and Future of Complete Streets Post-COVID

"Complete streets" is a design approach intended to accommodate a variety of modes of transportation and has been shown to reduce motor...

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