Sometimes It Pays To Skip The Detour With "shovel ready" construction projects ramping up across the U.S., drivers are more likely to run into backups and detours. Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic, explains the how and why of work zones, and some innovations that have shortened drivers' creep times.
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Sometimes It Pays To Skip The Detour

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Sometimes It Pays To Skip The Detour

Sometimes It Pays To Skip The Detour

Sometimes It Pays To Skip The Detour

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With "shovel ready" construction projects ramping up across the U.S., drivers are more likely to run into backups and detours. Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic, explains the how and why of work zones, and some innovations that have shortened drivers' creep times.

"The good news," Vanderbilt writes in his article for Slate, "is that there hasn't been a better time in half a century to undertake a massive infrastructural overhaul."