I just returned yesterday from a quick trip to Washington, DC and Virginia visiting operators and attended the Virginia Limousine Association (VLA) meeting in historic Williamsburg. It seems like every major highway in the region is under construction and driving was exhausting. Even my GPS gave up a few times trying to find alternative routes.
However, considering our nation’s infrastructure has been neglected for a long time, it’s worth the driving hassles knowing that improvements are in the works. Of course, Congress took its time to pass a stop-gap bill to continue funding the federal Highway Trust Fund. They recently ponied up $10.9 billion to keep infrastructure projects going till December. Nice of them.
I was thinking about that while zig-zagging construction cones during the 150-mile trip from D.C. to Williamsburg. What if Congress didn’t refill the Trust Fund and these projects stopped? I can’t imagine the chaos that would have resulted.
I also realized that my home state of New Jersey has done a good job keeping our roads in decent shape. Hey, our governor’s people may close some bridge lanes to send a message to a pesky Democratic mayor, but at least there aren't any potholes.
—Tom Halligan, LCT East Cost editor
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