Wayne Humphries has avoided a bridge in southeast Iowa that can't handle heavy farming equipment for 40 years. It will soon be replaced at a cost of $897,000, according to Louisa County Engineer Larry Roehl.
That bridge is only a tiny piece of the growing infrastructure problem in the U.S., Humphries said.
"I don't quite understand where the American public thinks we're going to be in 20 years if we don't invest in infrastructure," he said. "And I don't know who they think is going to pay for it if they're not going to pay for it themselves."
Associated Press writer David Pitt in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report. Follow David Mercer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/davidmercerap