As pension funds carry out their mission of building bridges to financially secure retirements, they may also be in the unique position of being able to help the nation rebuild its bridges and other tiring infrastructures.

In 1981, author Pat Choate's book, "America in Ruins," revealed the level of our infrastructure's disrepair, spurring media attention, hearings before state and federal legislative forums, and efforts to rebuild crumbling highways and other public facilities. But 12 years after the book's publication, this past winter showed that serious problems remain--always there, if only concealed below the surface.

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