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The Road Taken
Author: Henry Petroski

ISBN: 9781632863607
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 16.5 x 2.8
Description:
A renowned historian and engineer explores the past, present, and future of America's crumbling infrastructure.

Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers has, in its latest report, given American roads and bridges a grade of D and C+, respectively, and has described roughly sixty-five thousand bridges in the United States as "structurally deficient." This crisis--and one need look no further than the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota to see that it is indeed a crisis--shows little sign of abating short of a massive change in attitude amongst politicians and the American public.

In The Road Taken, acclaimed historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from historical and contemporary perspectives and explains how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Recounting the long history behind America's highway system, Petroski reveals the genesis of our interstate numbering system (even roads go east-west, odd go north-south), the inspiration behind the center line that has divided roads for decades, and the creation of such take...

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