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Kern County Infrastructure at a ‘C’ in 2018 Report Card

On September 18, the Southern San Joaquin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2018 Report Card for Kern County’s Infrastructure. Nine categories of infrastructure earned an overall grade of ‘C.’ Bridges received the highest grade of ‘B+,” a significant improvement over the ‘B-’ in the 2012 Kern County Report Card. Transit......

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WRDA Passes in the House

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, S. 3021. The passage of this bill authorizes key programs and projects that are critical to improving our nation’s water-related infrastructure categories. The 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded each of these categories; ports received a grade of “C+,” while dams, levees,......

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ASCE Participates in Resilience Event

ASCE, along with other advocacy groups, policymakers, and business leaders, participated in an event entitled “Partnerships & Progress: Driving Climate Solutions” held by The Hill and the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss bipartisan congressional initiatives on clean energy, resilience, and disaster preparedness. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) kicked of the event......

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California Report Plots Path for Climate-Safe Infrastructure

Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California, released on Wednesday, offers comprehensive recommendations on how the state can move forward to ready its infrastructure for a changing climate. California is a leader in this area, understandably so given the droughts, wildfires, and mudslides the state endures. The report is a direct result......

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Mississippi Special Legislative Session Addresses Funding Need for Bridges and Roads

Earlier this year, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) had to close nearly 500 bridges to ensure the safety of the traveling public and another 1,742 were posted with specific weight limits due to structural deficiency. In addition, 28% of Mississippi’s roads are in poor condition, 12.30% of bridges are structurally deficient, and the condition......

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Study Shows Public Transit Investment Saves Lives

This week, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Vision Zero Network released newly analyzed data detailing how more frequent public transit use is linked to fewer traffic fatalities. The findings are based on recent Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. Specifically, NHTSA reported there were a total......

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Harris County Voters Approve $2.5 Billion Flood Infrastructure Bond 1 Year After Hurricane Harvey

On Saturday, August 25th, exactly one year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Harris County voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 billion infrastructure bond (Proposition A), which aims to protect Houston from future storms and flooding. Proposition A passed with over 85% voter approval. Approval of this measure means that taxpayers in Harris County will see a......

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New Report Offers Recommendations to Address Flood Risk in Texas One-Year Post-Harvey

On Wednesday, the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released a new report and recommendations, Addressing Flood Risk: A Path Forward for Texas After Hurricane Harvey. This document expands on the findings of the 2017 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure, which graded flood infrastructure at a “D,” by exploring the existing landscape......

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Infrastructure Spending Bills Moves Through the Senate

This week, the U.S. Senate passed their second Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “minibus” spending package by a vote of 92-6. This legislation combined the following appropriations bill: Interior & Environment (S. 3073); Financial Services (S. 3107); Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (THUD)(S. 3023); and Agriculture & Federal Drug Administration (S. 2976). The House passed a......

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