National Geographic : 1978 Feb
One wants a bottleneck fixed. The other-cost conscious thinks time may solve the prob lem. Many places have outgrown their bridges. Traffic jams up at peak hours. Stalled cars, acci dents, bridge repairs often cause catastrophic snarls. Service and delivery delayed. Emergency vehicles blocked. Idling motors wasting fuel. In the countryside heavy trucks must sometimes take roundabout detours. Be cause many rural bridges, too, are behind the times. Concerned people say, "Let's get after the bridge problem and repair or re build where necessary." Others shudder at $23 billion to fix our 105,500 "problem" bridges according to the Department of Transportation! And bridge building can be disruptive. Tear ing up the place. Taking proper ty. Some people reason that energy conservation measures like car pooling, public transpor tation, and that smaller cars may cut tomorrow's bridge traffic drastically. They suggest low cost alternatives to building like better traffic control or staggered work hours. Energy conservation will surely affect our travel habits. But, motor vehicles will continue to play a major role in our per sonal transportation. And im proved fuel use demands atten tion to road systems. Moving traf fic along on new and upgraded bridges and modern well main tained roads.. Yes, more miles per gallon of fuel, car pooling, better traffic flow are essential. But highway system mainte nance and upgrade too must be a part of our national fuel man agement efforts. Caterpillar machines build and maintain roads. We believe efficient transportation is essen tial to national well being. There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices. Caterpillar,Cat and B are Trademarksof Caterpillar Tractor Co.