Asphalt Pavement Magazine - July/August 2015 - (Page 46)

Good Roads, Healthy America Why Congress needs to fix the Highway Trust Fund and enact a transportation blueprint for America By Jay Hansen O ne hundred years ago, on January 21, 1915, Congress issued a report entitled: Federal Aid to Good Roads. In it the Joint Committee on Federal Aid in the Construction of Post Roads discussed the constitutionality of Federal aid and concluded the discussion was purely an academic one. They wrote, "Federal aid to good roads will accomplish several objects indicated by the framers of the Constitution - establish post roads, regulate commerce, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. Above all, it will promote the general welfare." The question of whether or not there was a constitutional role for the national government to play in highway improvements was settled. Even as far back as 1802, federal money was used to construct a public continued on page 49 46 * View past issues online at The Interstate Highway System is the backbone of our nation's transportation infrastructure. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - July/August 2015

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Roads Built to Last
Intelligent Compaction Today
Rejuvenators: Bringing Life Back to Aging Asphalt Binder
Improving the Longevity of Porous Friction Course
Good Roads, Healthy America
NAPA and the Industry Care
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - July/August 2015