This article is taken from USDA’s June 4, 2020 Grain Transportation Report:
TRIP, a nonprofit transportation-research organization, recently published a study, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland.
The report begins by highlighting the importance of transportation in moving agricultural goods to the rural economy.
The authors also identify and discuss challenges affecting rural transportation, such as funding, safety, deficient road and bridge conditions, and connectivity.
Regarding the nation’s rural roads, highways, and bridges, the authors find “significant deficiencies and deterioration” exist.
They find pavements were “in poor condition” on 13 percent of rural roads (in 2018) and nearly 1 in 12 rural bridges were rated as “poor or structurally deficient” (in 2019).