CHICAGO – The toll of Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard’s transit, roads, tunnels, and bridges underscores the need to fund both annual maintenance and “generational” infrastructure projects, a top U.S. Department of Transportation official said Friday.

“It’s a great illustration of the challenges we have ahead of us,” Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari said of the size of the nation’s infrastructure demands and need for a crop of funding tools.

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