WASHINGTON — Transportation and infrastructure policy has taken a back seat throughout the presidential campaign so far, a fact that industry insiders think is an intentional dodge of the daunting challenge of funding new investment.

Mitt Romney has not publicly announced a detailed infrastructure policy, and his published campaign materials limit his infrastructure vision to a plan for energy independence. Barack Obama has made infrastructure investment a major part of his job creation efforts during his first term, but has been unable to translate those ideas into law.

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