The U.S. Interstate Highway System legislation reached 65 years old on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. As it has reached this milestone, it has also become known for traffic congestion, for carrying significant levels of travel – particularly large trucks – and for a lack of adequate funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to meet the nation’s growing transportation needs, according to a report released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. The report, America’s Interstate Highway System at 65: Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well-Maintained National Highway Network, looks at the Interstate system’s use, condition and benefits, and the findings of a 2019 report prepared by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) at the request of Congress as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, on the condition and use of the Interstate system and actions required to restore and upgrade the Interstate system.
“Not all the effects of aging may be evident on the road surface, but roadway foundations continue to deteriorate. Most Interstate highways, bridges and interchanges will need to be rebuilt or replaced, and this is where the concrete pavement industry can play an instrumental role in the future,” said Jerry Voigt, President & CEO, ACPA. “According to the TRIP report, pavements on 11 percent of Interstate highways are in poor or mediocre condition so there is a lot of paving work to be done in the years ahead.”