The majority of the roads and highway infrastructure we are building are simply a bad and unsustainble investment. If we continue to do down this road, we'll eat up large chunks of our federal and local budgets on projects that really don't help us address our real need for transportation options.
This Streetfacts chapter is somewhat mathematical and a bit dense, but we think we've made it entertaining and accessible enough to enlighten you as to how the government justifies road projects. As an example we've chosen to look at the numbers behind a federally-funded, diamond-deverter interchange in Colorado. The project as proposed may look like a pretty good deal for the state and taxpayers. But crunching the numbers shows that it is not a good deal at all.
Much of the inspiration for this piece comes from the great work of Strong Towns, an organization which emphasizes obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure investments. Their Executive Director, Charles Marhon, Jr., has beenengaging the public though their Curbside Chats and gathering momentum to make the U.S. do better for its citizens. In the near future we'll be debuting a Streetfilm on Mr. Marhon which we know you will enjoy.