highways

Highway Guardrail Design Change Saved $2—At What Cost To Safety?
Highway Guardrail Design Change Saved $2—At What Cost To Safety?

Is a design change to the ends of guardrails along many of our nation's roadways—a design change that saved two dollars for each installation—to blame for at least five fatalities and 14 injuries? That's part of what lawsuits are now alleging, in light of what happened in several...Read More»

Traffic
10 Most-Congested Highways & Cities In The U.S.

Earlier today, we told you about AAA's travel projections for Memorial Day weekend. (Spoiler alert: traffic's going to be heavy.) Of course, things will be busier in some places than others. Opting for back roads instead of beach roads is probably a good idea, as is avoiding the ten most-congested...Read More»

Holland's "smart highway" (rendering via Studio Roosegaarde)
Now In The Netherlands: A Smart Highway That Glows In The Dark

Europe has brought us many things: liposuction. Cursive. Velcro. The continent's latest innovation is somewhat subtler: a short stretch of glow-in-the-dark highway in the Netherlands. According to Ars Technica, a 500-meter length of road near the city of Oss has been painted with photoluminescent...Read More»

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
Carmageddon II Raises Concerns Of Traffic Overhead

If you live in Southern California, you probably remember Carmageddon -- not the video game, not the pet name that some gave to the 2008/2009 auto industry bailout, but the closure of the 405, one of Los Angeles' busiest highways. Now, it's happening again, and once again, residents are concerned...Read More»

Moose warning sign
LaHood Says Communities Can Upgrade Signs At Their Own Pace

Ever wondered why road signs are made the way they are? How the government manages to ensure that they're consistent? Most of the standards for directional signs, traffic lights, and other roadway signage are set out in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is the Federal Highway...Read More»

bike route (USBRS) sign
U.S. Interstate Bike Routes Bolstered...As Highways Neglected?

You've probably heard of I-5, I-80, or I-95, the legendary U.S. 66 or the still-useful U.S. 2. But what about USBR 20? It's been 55 years since the Interstate highway system was initiated by President Eisenhower. And while that system might be crumbling and ill-maintained in some respects, there's...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities At Record Lows--Though Not In All Regions

Despite having driven 21 billion additional miles in 2010, versus 2009, Americans were safer yet on the roadways. Freshly released numbers from the federal government showing highway fatalities at their lowest rate since 1949—and, technically, "the lowest level in recorded history," as the...Read More»

Traffic
Economic Woes Aside, Americans Drove More In 2010

Our battered economy might have changed how often Americans upgrade the vehicles in their garages, but it hasn't stopped us from getting in our cars and driving. Oddly, with commuter driving likely significantly down because of higher unemployment, Americans drove about three trillion total miles...Read More»

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
Libertarians: Hold On, Our Highways Aren't Crumbling Away

We hear it in stump speeches all the time: that we need more infrastructure spending as our highways and bridges are crumbling away—or at the very least in urgent need of upgrades. However a study from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian public policy group that also publishes Reason...Read More»

Utah highway
Transportation Officials: Rural Congestion Highlights Funding Need

Getting away for the long weekend? You might not completely get away from traffic. Part of the issue: that our population has nearly doubled, as well as shifted significantly, geographically, since the Interstate system was launched in 1956. According to a new report, you increasingly likely to...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Money Pit: Potholes, Poor Roads Cost Motorists $335 Per Year

Think those deep potholes and frost heaves along the commute—and all the rattles and squeaks they elicit from your car—are costing you big in extra repairs and vehicle wear? You're right! Awful road conditions cost U.S. motorists $67 billion per year in additional repairs and operating...Read More»

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