Preventive Maintenance

The big sell: Making people care about infrastructure repair

By the Chicago Tribune

May 16, 2016

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In comic book movies, transportation infrastructure problems are easy to spot.

Bridges fall. Asphalt shatters. And unless Ironman funds the repairs out of his personal fortune, big public debt issues are ahead.

In real life, damage to roads and rails tends to be gradual, though ultimately just as ruinous to regional well-being.

"The system is safe, but the system is starting to lose on reliability, and you end up spending more money trying to maintain an old system," said Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Leanne Redden.

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