On the four-hour drive from Washington DC through Virginia, Professor Henry Petroski notices every pothole in the road when he crosses into North Carolina on the way to Duke University, where he teaches history and civil engineering.
He should. The academic, now in his 70s, wrote in the preface of his 2016 book The Road Taken: The History And Future Of America's Infrastructure: "Our nation and its states are at a fork in the road today. Which path they choose to take in dealing with our decaying infrastructure will... make all the difference in whether our roads, highways and bridges - and the economy that so relies on them - can truly be revitalised."
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