Today’s engineers are faced with more challenging issues than in years past. It’s widely agreed that America’s infrastructure is aged and, in some cases, failing. Much of it built in the 1940s and 50s, the nation’s highways, bridges, sewer systems and interstates are faltering from over-extended service life, capacity and changing needs, and the funds to fix and rehabilitate these issues are in shorter supply than ever. Inflation and economic issues have rendered the value of transportation dollars, in particular, to less than half their value when gas taxes were created for this purpose decades ago.
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