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Obama Set to Sign 5 Year, $305 Billion Transportation Bill

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate both approved a five-year, $305 billion highway, transit and railway authorization bill. The overwhelming, bipartisan vote was 359-65 in the House and 83-16 in the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later on today. Thank you, infrastructure supporters, for contacting your......

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For Michigan Roads: 8 is Great!

Last week, Michigan’s legislature passed into law a 7.3 cent per gallon fuel tax increase becoming the 8th state in 2016 to increase investment in its transportation infrastructure. Today Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed this bill into law outside of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association headquarters. Today’s bill signing is at least one year......

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America's G.P.A. D+ estimated investment needed by 2020 $3.6 trillion

Infrastructure in the News: A Major Bill Goes to Conference

With the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015 moving to conference committee and elections on Tuesday, news headlines have been buzzing with wishes and concerns for our nation’s infrastructure. The House has officially approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act, a six-year bipartisan bill that will provide flat-level funding. The bill must......

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Dagher to be recognized by White House for Composite Arch Bridges

Could it be possible to construct a bridge in two weeks that lasts up to 100 years, has similar costs as a regular steel and concrete bridge, and requires minimal maintenance? It may seem farfetched, but ASCE member and Founding Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center Dr. Habib Dagher, invented......

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New York Infrastructure Receives C- Report Card

In the inaugural 2015 Report Card for New York’s Infrastructure released today, the state received an overall grade of “C-” from the New York Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Assessing nine categories, the report finds that the state’s roads and bridges are among the categories most in need of repair, receiving grades......

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Despite Senate Transportation Action, House Stymies Progress

During the last two months, the Senate made good use of its time to craft a multi-year surface transportation bill with an increase in funding. As is often the way for Congress, it still came down to the wire. For over a week, the U.S. Senate has been in a mad dash to complete its......

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#FixTheTrustFund: Senate Dodging Potholes

Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would fund federal transportation projects through mid-December to avoid the July 31 legislative deadline.  While this would divert a summer construction catastrophe, delaying Congressional agreement on a multi-year path forward is not an ideal option because short-term extensions make it difficult to plan......

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Fix the Trust Fund: Now it’s the Senate’s Turn

  Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend highway and transit programs until December 18, 2015 on a 312-119 vote. The House bill granted a $8.1 billion boost the Highway trust Fund (HTF) to keep it solvent past the looming July 31 deadline. This extension will fund surface transportation projects through......

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Congressional Focus Remains on Highway & Transit Bill

This week both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will gear-up over the future of federal highway and transit funding and policy.  The House is expected to approve a six-month extension of current policy, which would cost approximately $9 billion.  The Senate is expected to take-up highway legislation later this week, but it......

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drive act: developing a reliable and innovative vision for the economy

Senate Committee Passes Surface Transportation Bill

Today, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unanimously approved a six-year, $278 billion federal highway portion of the surface transportation authorization bill, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. The DRIVE Act was unveiled earlier this week by EPW Committee leaders Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member......

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