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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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House Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Framework

After much anticipation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12),   Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR4), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA1), introduced an infrastructure investment framework that would invest $760 billion over five years in our nation’s roads, bridges, transit and rail systems,......

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Colorado’s Infrastructure Earns a Mediocre Grade of “C-”

Colorado’s roads and bridges are sitting better than the national average, but funding is being stretched to modernize infrastructure with a growing population. Today at the Colorado State Capitol, the Colorado ASCE Section unveiled the full report card, giving 14 categories of infrastructure an overall ‘C-.’ Infrastructure categories included aviation, roads, bridges, energy, schools, hazardous......

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Where do the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Infrastructure?

As we inch closer to the caucuses, Democratic candidates are running out of time to release tangible policy solutions which focus on the issues that are most critical to the majority of Americans. One of those issues, which 90 percent of Americans support, continues to be the condition of our nation’s infrastructure. So far, four......

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Congress Averts Shutdown Approving Sweeping Spending Deal

In the midst of the political turmoil and tensions on Capitol Hill and the deadline to fund the government looms, Congress simultaneously reached a bipartisan $1.4 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2020. This spending package includes core infrastructure programs for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Congressional leadership developed two ‘minibuses’ (H.R. 1865......

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A Wind’s Blowing up A Gale: Reauthorizing the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

Across the nation, we’re seeing more power outages caused by a variety of factors: climate change, increasing storms, heat, and windstorms. That’s right – large amounts of wind can cause power outages, as seen recently in Idaho and Washington.  Luckily, we have a program that was created in 2004 by Congress after a five-year effort......

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