Bridges and roads around the United States are crumbling
after decades of wear and tear, and a new strategy is needed to replenish the
funds for improvement, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray dedicated the Benning Road Bridge in honor of Ethel
widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Motorists coming off the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
into Washington are treated to a postcard-perfect view of the U.S. Capitol. The
bridge itself, however, is about as ugly as it gets: The steel underpinnings have
thinned since the structure was built in 1950, and the span is pocked with rust
and crumbling concrete.