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Infrastructure Investment Wins at the Ballot Box!

Yesterday voters in Maine and Texas both affirmed ballot resolutions resulting in increased investment in their local infrastructure. In Maine voters overwhelming approved Bond Question 3, 72% in favor to 28% opposed.  Bond Question 3 gives permission to the State to borrow $100 million to fund transportation projects around the state which in turn would......

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This Week in Infrastructure 2

This week was the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, reminding us that all infrastructure is connected. When we cannot bounce back from unavoidable events, we hurt our economy. One only needs to read the countless stories this week on Sandy to see the impacts still being felt. As with almost all infrastructure, the question......

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A Jack-O-Lantern School Modernization

After a devastating fire, the 100 year-old rebuild of Whatcom Middle School in Bellingham, Washington, is a great story of a jack-o-lantern school modernization. Changing the school from the inside-out, Whatcom now has all the modern conveniences of a new school and (even better) the seismic upgrades to make it resilient to the next earthquake,......

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House Freight Panel Comes Out With New Report

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, established by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in April to examine the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy, released its final report and recommendations yesterday. The special panel, led by Chairman John Duncan Jr. (R-TN)......

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This Week in Infrastructure

Unless you fail to check this blog everyday (how dare you!), you should know that the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed this week . This is the first water bill to pass Congress in six years, and will help fix our ailing levees, ports, dams, and waterways.  This passage was an effort......

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ASCE Hails Passage of Water Resources Reform and Development Act as Linchpin in Modernizing Nation’s Ports, Inland Waterways, Dams and Levees

Washington, D.C. — The following is a statement from Randall (Randy) S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act by the U.S. House of Representatives: “The American Society of Civil Engineers applauds the bipartisan passage of the Water Resources......

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New National Geographic Event Offers Opportunity to Reexamine Electric Grid

On October 27th, the National Geographic Channel presents American Blackout, a two-hour programming event that imagines the first two weeks immediately following a catastrophic blackout from a cyber-attack on the United States that takes down the power grid. This movie should serve as a stark reminder about the importance of our electric grid. At ASCE,......

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Back to Work

We have a deal!  Finally, after 16 days, the federal government shutdown is over and things can get back to normal:  Americans can once again visit all our National Parks, government workers can be assured of receiving paychecks, etc.  However, it will likely take some time for everything to get back to normal, including lawmakers’......

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Riding the Rails Is On the Rise

This week Amtrak announced a new ridership record – 31.6 million people chose to take a train ride this year. Rail ridership is continuing to show year-over-year growth, and it’s a trend that doesn’t seems to be changing anytime soon. With the second best year of ridership in the Northeast Corridor (despite Hurricane Sandy’s disruption)......

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