About Dan McNichol

Dan McNichol is a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. His published books, articles, thought-leadership papers and speaking events focus on mega construction projects in the United States and The Peoples Republic of China. McNichol recently contributed to a front page story in The New York Times titled, “Trump-Sized Idea for a New President: Build Stuff”. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) / Boston Chapter named McNichol as one of nation’s outstanding journalists in 2014 and again in 2003. McNichol contributes to worldwide media outlets including: The New York Times, Engineering News Record (ENR), ABC World News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) network, China Central Television (CCTV), TV Tokyo, MSNBC and PBS’s The NewsHour, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel. McNichol is a frequent voice on National Public Radio (NPR). ENR Magazine recently tapped McNichol as the magazine’s national correspondent for a cross country tour. McNichol and Aileen Cho, ENR’s senior transportation editor, drove in a 1949 Hudson Commodore with the tagline, “America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty and energy defunct as our original Detroit lead-sled.” The journalists wrote ENR print and online cover stories about the nation’s ailing infrastructure. A former White House appointee, McNichol served the President on US policy issues surrounding transportation and infrastructure between 1991-1993. McNichol has worked in official capacities on the nation’s largest infrastructure projects: California High Speed Rail (2017), San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Replacement (2013) and The Big Dig, a.k.a. The Central Artery / Third Harbor Tunnel Project (2000).

Pacfic Coast Highway

January 6, 2014: Big Sur - Pacfic Coast Highway: Mrs. Martin is facing South as we roll onto Los Angeles where the Hudson Whisper is due to fly in from Boston to meet us.

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Google’s Infrastructure Vision

Information is powerful. How we use it defines us. http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_page_where_s_google_going_next 15:00: Charlie Rose: "What is it about you and transportation systems?" Larry Page: “I guess I was frustrated with this when I was at college in Michigan. I had to get on the bus and take it and wait for it when and it was [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:03:54+00:00March 22nd, 2014|Post|Comments Off on Google’s Infrastructure Vision

Go Low & Slow

"Go low and slow," said Mark Lewis as casually as is Californian. The night before I had parked the Hudson outside my cabin's door while staying the night at Deejen's Big Sur Inn on the Pacific Coast Highway. As I approached Mark he was smiling and gazing at Mrs. Martin. We struck an early morning conversation over her. The "dude" from England stays connected to California by driving [...]

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Snow Chi Minh Trail

1:2:14: Snow fences in Wyoming are remarkable structures if not mysterious. The state puts forward significant outlays of lumber, cash and property in order to keep I-80 open to traffic during the winter. Snow fences in Laramie, Wyoming are legendary. This is where I-80 was built against the ancients, Native Americans who knew the Big Road [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:04:07+00:00January 2nd, 2014|Post|Comments Off on Snow Chi Minh Trail

Stuck in Seattle

    Stuck in Seattle  “STUCK,” read the headline of the Seattle Times on December 10, 2013. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine came to a standstill about 50 feet beneath Seattle’s downtown. The giant rig, known as Big Bertha, ground to a halt 1,019 feet into her chartered course of 10,289 feet. What is [...]

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Interstate Highways – River Roads – Logging Trails

IMG_2310 Leaving Seattle I headed south in the fog and rain. I spent the late afternoon driving while contemplating a manageable morning in Portland, Oregon. I'd have a cup of the town's famous coffee in hand. But driving into a dark December rush hour I was tired. Portland looked too big to be fun, cheap [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:03:14+00:00December 15th, 2013|Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Interstate Highways – River Roads – Logging Trails

India & China

A nation’s successful coordination of investments in infrastructure produce powerful results. In the early 1980s China and India were on equal economic footing notes the World Bank. Deng Xiao Ping, the leader of Communist China at the time, launched a peaceful revolution towards prosperity. His efforts mirrored those of Dwight Eisenhower, a contemporary of Ping's, [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:03:14+00:00December 15th, 2013|Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on India & China

Build Bridges Not Bombs

President Eisenhower, early in his presidency preached, "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals."

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Driverless Cars vs. Horseless Carriages

Crescent City, California: 12:14:13: Cannot help but to think of cars when in California. People here worship them new and old. The road here: magnificent. The future of the American road depends on innovating firms like Tesla in order to reinvent the road and how we use it. America's road infrastructure is unmatched in the world. For roads to [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:03:15+00:00December 14th, 2013|Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Driverless Cars vs. Horseless Carriages


Headline news here in Seattle this morning. Dire States tour arrived in Seattle to news that the dream machine called Big Bertha is stuck 60 feet below Seattle's downtown. Tunneling is mysterious. Geotechnical challenges lurk in the unseen. Drilling boring samples is expensive. On The Big Dig in Boston (Seattle citizens are calling [...]

By |2017-07-31T21:03:16+00:00December 10th, 2013|Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on STUCK