WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a statement from Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding the nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for U.S. Transportation Secretary:
“We are very encouraged by Mayor Foxx’s nomination. Now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to improving our nation’s infrastructure and building a 21stcentury
American economy. During Secretary LaHood’s tenure, we saw our nation’s infrastructure grade rise from a D in 2009 to a D+ in our 2013 Report Card. The number of structurally deficient bridges is on the decline and the number of highway fatalities has decreased over the past five years. Yet, it is clear there is much more work to be done. While Secretary LaHood’s efforts have been successful, we urge Mayor Foxx to remember the simple lesson of the 2013 Report Card: where we invest, we see results.”
“As mayor of Charlotte, NC, Mayor Foxx has invested in transit infrastructure, helping the city to grow. Likewise, Mayor Foxx has continued to expand Charlotte Douglas International Airport, helping to bring in international businesses to the city of Charlotte. Mayor Foxx clearly knows the link infrastructure investment has to economic growth, and we hope he continues to push for similar investments on a national scale. We look forward to working with him to continue to raise the grades for America’s infrastructure. ”
In the recently released 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded our nation’s Roads a D, Bridges a C+, Transit a D, Rail a C+, and our Aviation sector a D. Learn more about the facts behind the grades and download the app at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.