Illinois, with its location and resources, is the top hub for transporting food, with more than 70 million tons a year on the roads, rails, waterways, and through airports. You may not be surprised at that, but a new study builds upon that, “just applying some network statistics to high-resolution data on food movements throughout the U.S.” Researcher Megan Konar says there are “key statistics known as the centrality of the network.”
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Konar, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says she hopes her report, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, shows the importance of Illinois when it comes to deciding how much money to spend to fix up roads and bridges.
Konar points to an American Society of Civil Engineers report giving both the nation and the state of Illinois a grade of D+ for infrastructure.