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New Bridge Data Supports C+ Report Card Grade

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released its Bridge Report based on the data in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2018 National Bridge Inventory database. ARTBA’s Bridge Report confirms the “C+” grade given in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Both reports illustrate that while the overall number of bridges deemed structurally deficient......

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ASCE Members in Alaska and Montana Testify on Infrastructure Investment

Last weekend, ASCE members testified on the need for infrastructure investment in Alaska as a response to three hearings the Alaska House Finance Committee held in seven communities across the state. These hearings gave Alaskans the opportunity to respond to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget, which included deep cuts in areas from healthcare to the Alaska......

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House Transportation Examines Critical Airport Infrastructure Needs

Much of the buzz on Capitol Hill has been infrastructure-related, which has spurred hearings, discussions, and meetings as a part of a legislative push aimed at developing and passing robust and broad infrastructure legislation. The House Transportation Committee continued the conversation around this legislative push on a critical component of infrastructure investment that keeps our......

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ASCE Testifies on Resilient Infrastructure

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a stakeholder’s perspective hearing on building more resilient infrastructure.   This Subcommittee determines how federal dollars are allocated for each of these issue areas. ASCE Board of Direction Member, Carol Haddock, P.E., testified alongside Laura Lightbody, Project Director for......

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ASCE Members Take Infrastructure Investment Message to Congress

On Tuesday March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th, 258 ASCE members from 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, arrived on Capitol Hill to advocate for infrastructure and the civil engineering community. Armed with everyday civil engineering experiences, issues briefings from the ASCE Government Relations team, and insight from keynote speakers, Fly-In attendees met with over......

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Congress Introduces Legislation on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

It was an exciting week for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)! The CWSRF is a federal infrastructure program that provides low-interest loans to states – requiring a 20% state match – for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure improvements. Since 1987, the CWSRF has loaned $42 billion to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and......

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Civil Engineers Give Hawai‘i’s Infrastructure a D+ on First Report Card

The Aloha State’s infrastructure sits in poor condition, mostly due to aging infrastructure, lack of funding, and sea level rise. Today, the Hawai‘i Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the inaugural 2019 Report Card for Hawai‘i’s Infrastructure, grading 11 categories of the region’s infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average......

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House Ways and Means Committee Turns its Focus to Infrastructure Investment

The House Ways and Means Committee, the oldest committee in Congress and chief tax-writing committee, held its first hearing in nearly a decade yesterday on the topic of infrastructure. ASCE Past-President and Chair of the Committee for America’s Infrastructure, Greg DiLoreto, P.E. testified alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO......

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TRIP releases new report on Alabama road and bridge conditions: Alabama motorists are paying $5.3 billion annually in vehicle operating costs

The national transportation research group TRIP released a new report on February 26, 2019, stating that deteriorated roads and bridges, congestion, and lack of desirable safety features are costing Alabama motorists $5.3 billion per year in extra vehicle operating costs, which is about $1,846 per driver, due to the cost of lost time waiting in......

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New Airport Infrastructure Report Released

This week, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), an ASCE advocacy partner through the Beyond the Runway Coalition, released a report entitled “Terminally Challenged: Addressing the Infrastructure Funding Shortfall of America’s Airports.” The report’s findings support  conclusions made in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, and stressed the need for continued leadership and investment. The report......

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