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ASCE Testifies on Construction Innovation Before House Committee on Small Business

Advanced digital construction methods can save money and create many opportunities for small businesses. It’s an exciting time for engineers, architects, and project managers as they look at new ways to build bridges, buildings, and other structures. New data and using digital models have caused construction sites to become safer and more efficient. However, only......

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ASCE Gives Thanks in 2019

The Thanksgiving holiday gives each and every one of us plenty to contemplate – what dish do I need to bring to Thanksgiving dinner (maybe I can get away from store-bought cranberry sauce)? What heated conversations will occur at the dinner table? Although the barrage of concerns about how a Thanksgiving gathering or Black Friday......

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FHWA Proposes Updating Bridge Inspection Program

A major rewrite to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) addressing requirements set by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The proposed rewrite would offer two methods of determining inspection intervals for bridges to be chosen by......

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Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure Near Failing with D- GPA

In its inaugural Report Card for Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure, the ASCE Puerto Rico Section announced a near failing grade of a ‘D-‘ for the island’s infrastructure. The grades were announced in a press conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, November 12. The Report Card graded eight categories of infrastructure: bridges (D+), dams......

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Infrastructure Investment Wins Big at the Ballot Box

Americans in 19 different states lined up at poll centers on November 5th with an array of decisions to make on their ballots. Despite being an off-year election, infrastructure took center stage. Of the collective 305 ballot measures supporting transportation infrastructure investment, 270 – roughly 90% – were approved. From Maine to Texas, these 270......

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States Could Face Surface Transportation Performance Goal Penalties

As we move into reauthorizing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, recently reported data shows Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia will need to spend a collective $1.8 billion prior to September 30, 2020—the FAST Act expiration— on improvements to National Highway......

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Senate Passes First FY20 Appropriations Bills

This week, the Senate passed their first FY20 appropriations bills in a “minibus,” or spending package (H.R. 3055) that consists of four bills: Interior & Environment; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; Commerce, Justice & Science; and Agriculture. The Senate’s FY20 Interior & Environment appropriations bill includes: $9 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),......

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