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People are finding ways to get their potholes filled

by Ben Bradford May 13, 2019
From vigilantism to crude graffiti, how civilians are fixing their streets.
In Oakland, California, two men calling themselves the Pothole Vigilantes have begun collecting donations and filling potholes at night.
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The future of American infrastructure might lie in public-private partnerships

by David Brancaccio Feb 6, 2019
The promise of investment in "cutting-edge" technology came out of this year's State of the Union.
Then-U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (L) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (C) watch US President Donald Trump speaks wave during his visit to the U.S. Department of Transportation on June 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 
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What happens to abandoned cars

by Jana Kasperkevic Jul 19, 2017
You've always wondered: Can we use them to pay for better roads?
A tow-truck pulls a vehicle away from a non-parking zone.
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America’s infrastructure is underachieving

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 9, 2017
The grade: D+. But there were a few categories improved upon.
Heavy traffic moves southbound and northbound along I-95 in Quantico, Virginia.
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Fierce opposition to gas tax proposal in Tennessee

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 27, 2017
Despite closed bridges and major bottlenecks, the state still faces an uphill fight for its first gas tax increase in 28 years.
A panel in the Tennessee House of Representatives opens debate over a proposal to raise the state's gas tax by 7 cents a gallon. 
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Georgia project aims to build smarter roads

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 13, 2017
Cars are getting more sophisticated, and 'dumb' highways are slowly evolving to catch up to them.
An SUV tests a system that allows drivers to check tire pressure without leaving their vehicle. Built by United Kingdom startup WheelRight, it's part of an effort to transform a stretch of Interstate Highway 85 in Georgia into a testing ground for technology.
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Local Money: Why all of our roads are so bad

by David Lazarus Jan 15, 2016
A run-down on why America has a big infrastructure problem.
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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America's infrastructure isn't sexy

by Kai Ryssdal May 19, 2015
What it'll take to put America's infrastructure back in the lead.

States raise transportation taxes after federal cuts

by Queena Kim Aug 5, 2014
We look at how states are looking at upping taxes to fill the holes in our roads.

Have red light cameras reached the end of the road?

by Dan Weissmann Jul 25, 2014
Has the automated red light camera system failed to live up to its promise?