4,000+ Mile Cross-Country Trip in a Vintage Hudson Sedan Examines America’s Critical Infrastructure Up-Close and In-Person
NEW YORK – May 22, 2015 – What’s being done to repair and upgrade America’s infrastructure? Engineering News-Record has fielded two infrastructure writers, Aileen Cho and Dan McNichol, on a month-long cross-country road trip to find out. They are traveling in a 1949 Hudson Commodore, a car as old as the Interstate Highway System. Their goal is to explore the nation’s infrastructure first hand and the efforts to keep it functional. To follow their story, visit www.enrlowslow.com.
Through a series of blogs, videos, interviews and special reports, “Low & Slow Across America’s Infrastructure,” reporters Cho and McNichol will document the efforts of public officials and private industry to keep the nation’s aging roads, mass transit systems, airports, and water systems functioning, prudently upgraded or wisely replaced, in an age of perpetual challenges and procrastination regarding state, local and federal funding commitments.
“The tour has two major components: visiting major construction projects and meeting with public works agencies,” said Cho, who is ENR’s senior transportation editor. McNichol, author of The Roads That Built America on special assignment to ENR, adds, “The 1949 Hudson is a rolling metaphor—as old, rusty and energy-depleted as America’s infrastructure. The car mirrors what America's vital systems are looking like today.”
Cho and McNichol’s itinerary includes stops in New York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Louisville, KY; St. Louis and Kansas City, MO; Denver and Glenwood Springs, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Reno, NV; and Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno and Los Angeles, CA.
ENR’s Low & Slow Across America’s Infrastructure tour is sponsored by Association Partner, The American Public Works Association (APWA), and official equipment sponsor, CASE Construction Equipment.
“Infrastructure, in all its forms, is the top domestic issue impacting our communities, the economy and our customers in the construction industry today,” says Jim Hasler, vice president - North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “We've committed resources to advocacy of local investments through the CASE Dire States initiative, and we're honored to hit the road again, this time with ENR and APWA to raise awareness to this issue throughout America.”
“Our sponsors recognize the importance of ENR’s mission to create visibility around our nation’s infrastructure needs, and they see the ENR tour as a way to meaningfully support this initiative,” said Paul Bonington, VP & Publisher of ENR. “We welcome other sponsors to join the tour as the program will be producing engaging content throughout the year.”
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