A crumbled road surface sits along Woodward Avenue where the new commuter light rail with be constructed December 30, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.
A crumbled road surface sits along Woodward Avenue where the new commuter light rail with be constructed December 30, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. - 
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This week a listener wrote to us asking why the roads in his town were so bad, despite that fact that his state was running a budget surplus. This is not a problem unique to one town or city. The problem with dilapidated roads and bridges can be found all across the country. In fact, we did a story on a problematic infrastructure problem a few weeks ago. 

Kellie Mejdrich, a transportation reporter for CQ Roll Call, gave us the big picture when it comes to the country's infrastructure problems. 

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