|Connecting America - 1999 Report to the Nation||
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Looking Down the Road
By working toward our goals with our partners, we have made great strides.
Lives have been saved. Air quality in cities has improved. Roads are smoother
and safer. There is better access to federal lands and national parks. Freight
shipments are more efficient than ever. And we're responding faster to
emergencies and national disasters. But what about the future? Our eyes are
set on what is to come, as well as on the here and now. Anticipating needs and
finding early responses are mandatory, not optional, to us. We must plan for
increased demand on roads, an aging population, and urban and rural sprawl.
Communication technology will continue to outdo itself at a brisk pace. And
we will be kept accountable to consistently provide high-quality, cost-effective
services and products.
We at FHWA are ready to face whatever challenges lie ahead. We have the tools, technologies, and, best of all, the people to make decisions that will clearly address any bumps or detours that may lie in the road ahead.