infrastructure

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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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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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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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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New Report Affirms Higher Gas Tax is Needed to Restore Our Interstates

On Thursday, December 6, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee for a Study of the Future Interstate Highway System, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a congressionally mandated report, “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.” Norman R. Augustine, formerly of Lockheed Martin Corporation,......

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Montana Infrastructure Earns a “C”

Today, civil engineers in Montana released the 2018 Report Card for Montana’s Infrastructure at the State Capitol. Montana earned an overall grade of a “C,” meaning the state’s infrastructure systems are generally in mediocre condition. The Report Card graded ten categories: bridges, drinking water, dams, energy, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, stormwater, and wastewater. Rail......

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Vote for Infrastructure on November 6th!

Infrastructure investment is a popular topic this election season, making its way onto the ballot in several states around the country including California, Connecticut, and Missouri. ASCE is a champion of infrastructure investment and this election season, the Society encourages you to take action on infrastructure-related ballot measures in your state. Join ASCE in improving......

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Moves Forward

Finally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now have long -term stability. Congress has approved a five-year, $96.7 billion FAA reauthorization bill (HR 302), with the House approving the legislation in September by a vote of 398-23 and the Senate passing the measure by a vote of 93-6. This legislation represents the longest reauthorization of......

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Disaster Recovery Reform Act headed to the President

ASCE and our colleagues in the BuildStrong Coalition are pleased to acknowledge the October 3rd Senate passage of the bipartisan Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA as part of H.R. 302, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill will now go to the president’s desk, where it is expected to be signed......

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