Think The Roads And Airport Delays Are Rough Now? Just Wait Until Temps Rise

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Photo: Denver Traffic I-25
In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, traffic comes to a standstill along Interstate 25, in downtown Denver.

Climate change could strike where it hurts for many Coloradans: Road quality. And airport delays. And late deliveries.

Warming temperatures and increasingly extreme weather will threaten infrastructure from roads to airplanes to rail lines to air conditioning, according to CU Engineering Professor Paul Chinowsky. Many governments are already behind on regular infrastructure upgrades, and unprepared to deal with the incoming climate change-induced effects such as flooded bridges and warped railroad lines.

Chinowsky helped write the infrastructure section in the National Climate Assessment out this week. He talked to Colorado Matters about the damages to come, and the possible solutions.