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ASCE President: House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Action Plan Includes ASCE Recommendations

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna,” Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Solving the Climate Crisis action plan: “Resiliency and adapting to a changing climate go hand in hand, and we must now be anticipating how dramatic changes......

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Civil Engineers Respond to House $494 Billion Surface Bill, Urging Bipartisanship and Quick Action Before September 30

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna.” Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s 2020 surface transportation infrastructure bill, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act: “The INVEST in America......

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Civil Engineers Respond to House HEROES Act Passage and Urge Congress to Provide More Relief for State DOTs

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna,” Ph.D., PE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act: “We are pleased that the recently passed House COVID-19 relief bill, the HEROES Act, recognizes that the nation’s  transportation and water infrastructure sectors have been seriously......

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Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Support More Investment in Water Infrastructure

If there is anything that can bridge the partisan gap between Americans, it’s reliable, safe, and high-quality infrastructure. In fact, 80% of Americans support rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure more than almost any other top issue facing the current Administration, according to the Value of Water’s 2020 National Survey on Public Opinion on Water Infrastructure, hot......

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New Bridge Data Support Subpar 2017 Grade

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has released its annual Bridge Report based on  the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2019 National Bridge Inventory. ARTBA’s Bridge Report confirms the “C+” grade given in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Both reports illustrate that while the overall number of bridges deemed structurally deficient is decreasing,......

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U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Automated Vehicle Policy Statement

From the horse carriage to the invention of the automobile and now the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), technology continues to redefine how we move within the built environment. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to address these fundamental concerns by providing policy statements which provide a framework on CAV technology development......

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Civil Engineers Outline Most Pressing Infrastructure Priorities for COVID-19 Relief

The following is a statement by Tom Smith, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on infrastructure investment in further COVID-19 stimulus packages: “In this time of crisis, it is crucial that we not forget about the systems that keep our economy moving and are so critical to public health and safety, including transit,......

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ASCE Testifies in Support of Infrastructure Investment

On February 27, Lynn Frazier, P.E., A.M.ASCE, testified on behalf of ASCE before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure about the state of the nation’s infrastructure. The hearing comes as Democrats in the House of Representatives work to put together an infrastructure package based off of their $760 billion infrastructure framework that......

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Senate Panel Begins Work on Transit Reauthorization Bill

In historic fashion this week, the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee heard the perspectives of national stakeholders on transit investment needs for  the upcoming reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. This was the first public hearing, other than nominations, that the Committee has held on transit infrastructure in several reauthorization cycles, and......

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Highway Trust Fund Remains in Trouble

As we  approach the expiration of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO)have issued reports highlighting the long-term financial health of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). First established in 1956, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is the federal fund that pays for bridges, roads,......

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