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Voters Are Thirsty for Better Water

For many Americans, the condition of water infrastructure as “good” has consistently declined since 2016, from 59% in 2016 to 49% in 2019: 59% stated water infrastructure was good in 2016 and in 2019, 49%, which is a sharp decrease. Additionally, 74% of American voters are extremely concerned about chemicals and pollutants in the tap.......

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Congress Introduces Legislation on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

It was an exciting week for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)! The CWSRF is a federal infrastructure program that provides low-interest loans to states – requiring a 20% state match – for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure improvements. Since 1987, the CWSRF has loaned $42 billion to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and......

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Civil Engineers Give Hawai‘i’s Infrastructure a D+ on First Report Card

The Aloha State’s infrastructure sits in poor condition, mostly due to aging infrastructure, lack of funding, and sea level rise. Today, the Hawai‘i Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the inaugural 2019 Report Card for Hawai‘i’s Infrastructure, grading 11 categories of the region’s infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average......

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TRIP releases new report on Alabama road and bridge conditions: Alabama motorists are paying $5.3 billion annually in vehicle operating costs

The national transportation research group TRIP released a new report on February 26, 2019, stating that deteriorated roads and bridges, congestion, and lack of desirable safety features are costing Alabama motorists $5.3 billion per year in extra vehicle operating costs, which is about $1,846 per driver, due to the cost of lost time waiting in......

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New Airport Infrastructure Report Released

This week, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), an ASCE advocacy partner through the Beyond the Runway Coalition, released a report entitled “Terminally Challenged: Addressing the Infrastructure Funding Shortfall of America’s Airports.” The report’s findings support  conclusions made in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, and stressed the need for continued leadership and investment. The report......

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House Transportation Examines Climate Change and Infrastructure

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure examined the role the transportation sector plays in climate change, which included the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency. Committee Members heard from individuals in the public and private sectors on ways to reduce carbon emissions and building resilient infrastructure. At this hearing, “Examining......

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Senate Commerce Subcommittee Examines Intermodal Connections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety examined current multimodal transportation market and infrastructure, stakeholder needs, and Congress’ role in supporting multimodal freight movement as part of a surface transportation reauthorization. Committee Members heard from industry stakeholders on shared concerns, primarily focusing on the need for more revenue......

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Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Gets “D+”

Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Gets “D+” The Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today released its 2019 Report Card for Northeast Ohio’s Infrastructure, grading seven categories of the region’s infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average of “D+” – which is the same overall grade the nation received in the 2017......

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Lawmakers Reach Spending Deal for 2019

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week reached spending deal to avert a government shutdown and fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019. Included in the package (P.L. 116-6)  are the following infrastructure related spending levels: $86.5 billion overall for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); $900 million for BUILD grants; $13.4......

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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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