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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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2019 Report Card for Georgia’s Infrastructure: State earns overall grade of “C+,” Up from 2014 “C” Grade

This afternoon, the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2019 Report Card for Georgia’s Infrastructure. Fourteen infrastructure categories were given an overall grade of “C+.” In 2014, the state received a cumulative GPA of a “C.”  The following state’s transportation categories, bridges (“C+”), roads (“C+”), and transit (“D+”), saw grade increases......

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Business Leaders Ready to Support Infrastructure

President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue delivered his annual State of American Business address last week and called for significant action to modernize our infrastructure as a vital tool that is integral to opportunity and must  treated with great urgency. This announcement coincides with strong voter support – the latest......

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2019 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure: State earns an overall grade of a “C”; Transportation Grades Improve

This morning, the Inland Empire, Seattle, and Tacoma-Olympia Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2019 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure. Nine categories received an overall grade of a “C,” which is the same grade the state received in 2013. Despite the overall unchanging GPA, several categories saw significant progress.. Transportation infrastructure......

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Government Shutdown Negatively Impacts Our Infrastructure

The partial government shutdown, triggered by the dispute over President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, has entered its 19th day. Unfortunately, the shutdown is directly impacting infrastructure projects across the country. Many key federal agencies responsible for our nation’s infrastructure are not fully operational, which affects our nation’s roads, bridges, parks, and transit systems,......

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A Look Back: 2018 at ASCE

With infrastructure making its way to back up to the top of peoples’ minds, 2018 was a busy year for ASCE Government Relations! ASCE released 12 state infrastructure report cards; advocated for and passed a number of federal bills, including the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill and the Water Resources Development......

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2018 Sees 13 New State & Local Infrastructure Report Cards

2018 was a banner year for ASCE State Infrastructure Report Cards! Thirteen state and local report cards were released, each with a set of grades and information on regional infrastructure needs and opportunities. Importantly, these ASCE Report Cards are already yielding results. For example, in California, the 2018 Report Card for California’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure......

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