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New bridges are needed to relieve congestion and build new corridors in rapidly growing areas not adequately served by the Interstate Highway System. • The Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois is separated by the Mississippi River. The existing bridges are too narrow for the traffic volumes and have become an impediment to the development and convenience of the region’s population. The citizens and DOTs from both states have agreed upon a state-of-the-art new arch bridge but are uncertain when the $1 billion will be available to construct it.

This report looked at the magnitude and costs of highway delays to the nation’s commerce. It noted that about 40 percent of all delays are caused by recurring congestion, while 60 percent are non-recurring, such as weather, accidents or construction. 8 billion a year from bottlenecks involving trucks. Nearly half of this total delay was attributable to interchanges, with the rest attributable to steep grades or signalized intersections on major arterial routes. 5 million truck hours of delay each year.

46 Bridges Move People Tennessee: Demonbreun Street Bridge—Bringing a Community Together Demonbreun Street Bridge. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Department of Transportation. by Gayle Fuson; Courtesy of The Tennessean In a sense, I’m a bit sorry to see work on the Demonbreun Street bridge over the Gulch come to an end. I’m going to lose contact with a lot of friends whom I’ve gotten to know over the last three years—and I’ll miss out on my Thursday morning Krispy Kreme doughnut fix. When the old Demonbreun bridge was condemned, I thought I faced my worst nightmare.

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