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We are all about to find out whether government and industry will be back to business as usual or whether the ongoing economic turmoil and new “Change” administration in Washington actually will set us on a new course. An early litmus test will be where and how the massive promised injection of infrastructure money will be spent. Given the sorry, crumbling state of the nation's road systems, hundreds of billions of dollars could easily be targeted at just fixing highway overpasses and bridges. And that's probably where it should go–just for safety reasons alone. But if we see funding heading for typical boondoggles that result in politician ribbon cuttings–a new highway in North Dakota or playground complex in South Carolina–we know it's more of the same.

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