This Thursday, families across the country will sit down and give thanks for good fortunes they’ve encountered this past year. Members of our office and the infrastructure community in general have reason to be thankful for a great many things that occurred this past year or exist as a part of America’s infrastructure as a whole. Below are some of the items that our staff is thankful for this year.
I’m very thankful for the new HOT lanes in Virginia that will reduce congestion in the Metro-DC area; the excellent job Chris Christie did in responding to Hurricane Sandy; and for the US having one of the cleanest drinking water supplies readily available.
I am thankful for the DC Metro and the ease with which it allows me to come into work every day. The new Rush Plus service means more trains are coming and going from my location, and it has made my commute so much easier. Getting a seat in the morning is a small joy I will never overlook.
I am thankful for all of our quality infrastructure, and especially for living near the largest concentration of National Park sites in country, which I will be taking advantage of over the holiday weekend.
I am thankful that Congress took the time this summer to pass a surface transportation bill! The funding certainty provided by MAP-21 is critical for planning purposes. (I am also thankful for my new husband!)
I am thankful that ASCE’s members have dedicated hundreds of hours of their time to promote infrastructure and release 15 infrastructure report cards this year.
I’m thankful that the electric power lines in my neighborhood are buried.
I am thankful for the clean water, safe roads, flood protection, and electricity that civil engineers make possible every day.
It’s been a busy year, and there’s still more work to be done. We should not lose sight of the challenges ahead in adequately investing America’s infrastructure, but it’s also good to look back during a time for giving thanks.
What are you thankful for? Share your thoughts in the comments below.