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Senate Commerce Examines America’s Infrastructure Needs

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation examined the opportunities for infrastructure improvement, including federal funding, financing programs, and permitting and regulatory streamlining at a hearing entitled, “America’s Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy.” The testimony the witnesses provided before the full committee hearing focused on the committee’s role......

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Lawmakers Reach Spending Deal for 2019

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week reached spending deal to avert a government shutdown and fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019. Included in the package (P.L. 116-6)  are the following infrastructure related spending levels: $86.5 billion overall for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); $900 million for BUILD grants; $13.4......

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The Grades are In: Vermont’s Infrastructure GPA a “C”

The 2019 Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure was published today by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nine categories of infrastructure – aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, roads, solid waste, stormwater and wastewater – earned cumulative GPA of a “C.” While the overall GPA was the same as what the state earned in 2014,......

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House Panel “Sounds the Alarm” on Infrastructure Investment

On Thursday, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee held a hearing focused on the urgent need for a plan that invests in America’s infrastructure. The hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait,” was led by U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the committee. Rep. DeFazio began......

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Will the South Carolina Legislature Make a Dam Mistake?

Dams in South Carolina are facing a serious threat. In the last five years, severe flooding as well as Hurricanes Matthew and Florence have caused nearly 80 dams to fail in South Carolina. Despite the recent history of costly dam failures in the Palmetto State, state legislators are considering two proposals that would significantly rollback......

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Kentucky Grades its Infrastructure: State Earns a “C-”

The ASCE Kentucky Section released its 2019 Report Card for Kentucky’s Infrastructure, giving the state a “C-.”  Civil engineers examined the state’s aviation (C+), bridges (C-), dams (D+), drinking water (C+), energy (B-), hazardous waste (D), levees (D+), roads (D+), solid waste (B-), and wastewater (C-).The Report Card was released at a press conference in......

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Civil Engineers Urge Congress to Pass Infrastructure Bill in 2019 after President Trump’s State of Union Address

The following is a statement by Robin A. Kemper, PE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on President Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress on February 5, 2019: “We appreciate that the President identified infrastructure as one of his top priorities for legislative action this year, and indicated that it is not......

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Midwest Polar Vortex Impacts Critical Infrastructure

This past week, a blast of polar air covered much of the Midwest, closing schools and sending staff home early—causing businesses and restaurants to close shop before the end of the day. Piercing the Midwest with record low temperatures, infrastructure systems were also strained. Rail lines were snapped and gas-fed heaters ran alongside the rails......

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ASCE Supports Public Financing Tools to Fund Key Infrastructure Projects

This month, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), an ASCE coalition partner and lead of the Public Finance Network (PFN), released a report entitled, “Understanding Financing Options Used for Public Infrastructure.” For well over a century, state and local governments and public entities across our nation have used tax-exempt bonds as a means to provide......

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North Dakota Grades its Infrastructure: State Earns a “C”

The first-ever Report Card for North Dakota’s Infrastructure was published by the ASCE North Dakota Section. Eight categories of infrastructure received an overall grade of a “C,” an indication that infrastructure in the state is in mediocre condition overall. The Report Card was released at a press conference at Bismarck. Guest speakers included Senate Majority......

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