On Monday, November 4th, 2013, Dan McNichol visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as part of his “Dire States” tour. The tour was focused on promoting ASCE’s Report card and the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure. Dan, an author and journalist by trade, has written extensively on civil engineering and infrastructure topics in the United States (see The Roads That Built America and The Big Dig, among others). Currently, however, he is focused on public speaking in order to create a dialog about infrastructure issues nationwide.
The tour involved several stops around the country and the entire voyage was made in a 1949 Hudson (“Lead Sled”), itself a symbol of (in the views of Dan and many others) our country’s formerly majestic, but now often deteriorating, infrastructure.