As the U.S. population continues to grow, more cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses clog our nation's roadways. As of 2020, there were nearly 276 million registered vehicles in the country, representing an increase of approximately 50 million since 2000.
Bypass construction is one option for alleviating the congestion caused by all these vehicles and making our roads safer and easier to navigate.
A bypass is a newly constructed roadway segment designed to direct motorists around a city or central business district. The new road typically links from an existing highway and reconnects to it on the opposite side of the designated area.
Bypasses are sometimes referred to as “truck routes,” as their original purpose was to divert over-the-road tractor-trailers away from heavily populated areas. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASTHO) eventually changed the term to "bypass." However, you can still see truck route signage at older bypass areas.
Building a bypass can provide many benefits:
While bypasses often provide the best solution for alleviating traffic congestion, they're not perfect. A highway construction project can cost millions of dollars. However, the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act should help communities defray the costs of a new bypass. The Act appropriates $1 trillion in federal infrastructure funding, with much of it earmarked for rebuilding highways and bridges.
A bypass built too close to a population center could result in more noise instead of less, and residents may experience inconveniences during the construction phase. The new roadway could also hurt downtown businesses by limiting their exposure, especially in cities with little else to offer prospective visitors.
If you're a road construction contractor, the good news is that the new infrastructure law should provide substantial opportunities for growing your business. If you haven't already, now is an excellent time to start planning for the inevitable increase in demand to ensure you're in the best position to land more projects.
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