The Roads to Justice: Building New Bridges

Golden gate bridge

This focus was a long time coming, says Fred Wagner, former chief counsel of the U.S. FHWA and partner with the law firm Venable.

August 23, 2021
Aileen Cho - Engineering News-Record

Former U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx grew up on “the wrong side of the tracks.”
“My home was a stone’s throw from Interstates 85 and 77,” recalls Foxx, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and served as DOT Secretary from 2013-17 under President Barack Obama. “The airport was nearby. Planes flew at low altitude over our house. Whether or not I was using the system, I sure heard and saw a lot of it.” Desirable areas to live were far away from transportation infrastructure, “and the property values of those living near these projects was diminished.”

Reprinted courtesy of Aileen Cho, Engineering News-Record

Ms. Cho may be contacted at choa@enr.com

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