Rebuilding America

How to Rebuild Our Infrastructure Against Storms

These are not once-in-a-lifetime events.

How Would They Build the Golden Gate Bridge Today?
Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937,…
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It Would Cost $5 Trillion to Fix the Grid
By my analysis, the current (depreciated) value of the U.S. electric…
Do We Need an Emergency Lane for the Internet?
Communicating through a disaster is much more challenging than it ap…
The Curious History of the 911 Emergency System
The nationwide roll-out of the 911 system was a difficult endeavor, …
Cities are thriving again in America, but many places are still plagued by crumbling infrastructure and transportation issues. This is how the U.S. is being built now.
50 States, 50 Things America Must Fix Now

A state-by-state by breakdown of what is broken and needs fixing.

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Bertha's Two-Mile Subterranean Journey Is Almost Over
Get an inside look at how the machine is maintained, and how its cutter tools up front are replaced in a subterranean hyperbaric chambe…
10 Enduring Triumphs of America's Greatest Infrastructure Boom

Airports, parks, and high school football stadiums still stand as a reminder of what happens when you commit to rebuilding America.

New Rules of the Road That Work for Cars *and* Cyclists

Sharing the road means much more than just checking your blind spot.

Democrats Reveal a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan of Their Own

Although still not enough to fix America's crumbling infrastructure, it certainly would be a healthy start.

Remember the Astrodome!

Steps away from this year's Super Bowl the world's first indoor stadium faces the specter of extinction‚ and redemption.

The Huge Ship That's Building America's Future

Designed to build offshore windmills, the Brave Tern is a ship unlike any America has ever seen.

The Incredible Work It Took to Fix the Capitol Dome
When the Capitol Dome was in need of repair, its stewards recruited some of the country's best makers to fix it. Just in time for Donal…
Welcome to Rebuilding America Week

As President Trump pledges to invest in rebuilding the country, we look at infrastructure far and wide.

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When America's Infrastructure Saved Democracy

FDR's dedication to infrastructure saved America once. Could it happen again?

Is This High-Tech Bridge a Path to Smarter Infrastructure?

The sensors will collect data on the bridge and its surroundings, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase its lifespan.

Why I Got Real on Twitter About SF Transit Woes

Faced with a flood of complaints during a messy commute, the official Twitter account of BART got frank about the system's woes.

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The World's Largest Tunnel-Boring Machine Must Be Saved

Bertha has stalled deep beneath Seattle, leaving the citys planned waterfront renaissance hanging in the balance.

The Monumental New US-to-Canada Bridge
These renderings by Ted Zoli, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2012 ENR Award of Excellence, show the grace and heroic scale of his…
The city wanted the 3.5-million-square-foot Packard Plant removed in 2012. The Bloody Run project turned it into a retail and recreation center.
Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined
Detroit's comeback is not only inevitable, it's already underway. Popular Mechanics envisions the bright future of the great American c…
The Minnesota Bridge Collapse, 5 Years Later
The deadly failure of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis killed 13 people in 2007. Today, its replacement is an engineering success storyy…
Rebuilding America Special Report: How to Fix U.S. Infrastructure
American infrastructure is in trouble, from collapsed bridges to leaking dams. In a yearlong investigation, Popular Mechanics uncovered…
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The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now
No one can predict what bridge, levee or water main will fail next. But some problems are well known, and work is long overdue. As PM's…