With roads in Wisconsin, the sharpness is directed to commerce more so than concern for safety in today’s era. Certain roads and bridges that weaken over time at some point are no longer able to sustain the same amount of weight as they could at the time of their construction. Commercial vehicles may need to take alternate routes to reach their destinations, which adds more time and expense due to increased shipping and fuel costs. The alarms of infrastructure maintenance and repair are gradually sounding across the nation, and have become a matter of political discourse and extrapolation on a federal level. What can be done to rebuild Wisconsin’s infrastructure? Roadways need to be redesigned for the future, not rebuilt using yesterday’s model. Now is the time to build highways with electric car charging stations. Although many electric vehicles will be needed to achieve widespread effectiveness, the batteries in the cars themselves are storage devices; when parked and plugged in, they become part of the grid. The storage of electricity is an investment worth pursuing, as it will allow for our electric vehicles to obtain the faculty known as V2G, or “vehicle-to-grid”. The electric cars become part of the grid. Unobtrusive. Environmentally sounder.
Wisconsin will begin consistently utilizing new types of paving. A proven technology being used in parts of the U.S.A. and Europe (in a variety of faculties) known as WMA (Warm Mix Asphalt), is a broad term for a variety of technologies that allow producers of HMA (Hot Mix Asphalt) pavement material to lower temperatures at which the material is mixed and placed on the road. WMA can: reduce paving costs, extend the paving season (by allowing for night paving), improve asphalt compaction, allow asphalt mix to be hauled longer distances, and also improve working conditions by reducing exposure to fuel emissions, fumes & odors.Some of these changes will not be completely realized in our lifetimes, but our children and grandchildren will start to reap the benefits of our foresight if we begin today.