Let’s build for the future

July 25, 2022

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Anyone who has taken a summer road trip knows that orange-barrel season is in full bloom. It seems everywhere I go, there is construction underway. The other day, I hit three different road projects on my way to a dental appointment. It’s bad enough having to face the dentist, let alone deal with so much construction on the trip over!

More than $100 billion of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure funding bill signed in 2021 is earmarked for our nation’s roads and bridges. We have long lamented the state of our infrastructure and the need for repairs, but now that money is flowing to projects, we are dealing with construction inconvenience everywhere we go. You could say we got what we asked for.

While this investment is long overdue, my hope is that some of that money can be directed to research on ways to make our roads smarter. Studies are currently underway to use connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies that build upon the driver-assist systems found in ma ....

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