How many articles have you read on "American's Crumbling Infrastructure"? If you are like me, you are frequently left with the impression that deferred maintenance on infrastructure is increasing over time. As is often the case in the media, a trend is implied but no actual trend data is presented. Instead you will get scary single data points (e.g. 66,749 of the nation’s 607,380 bridges were structurally deficient).
It turns out, according to Chris Edwards at Cato, this is yet another implied trend that is not actually a trend. The data is easily available, but never makes it into the article