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FCC Moves to Cut Vehicle Safety Airwaves for Faster Wi-Fi, ASCE Urges Agency to Rescind Decision

December 13, 2019

The following post is written by Blaine Leonard, P.E. 2010 ASCE President and is the Transportation Technology Engineer at the Utah Department of Transportation. Mr. Leonard is responsible for planning and deployment of connected and automated vehicles.  Most of us will end up spending a good deal of time driving this holiday season, whether it’s...

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Council of State Governments Annual Meeting Convenes with a Focus on Energy Resiliency

December 12, 2019

The 2019 Council of State Governments‘ National Conference took place last week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference, which was open to state leaders from all three branches of government, featured sessions on topics such as improving access to nutritional food, interbranch cooperation, and interstate compacts. Specific to ASCE’s priorities was an energy policy...

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

December 05, 2019

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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FCC Proposes Opening Up Auto Airwaves, Threat to Driver Safety

November 22, 2019

We may be getting excited about the holiday season, seeing family, and time off from work, but here’s what we are not looking forward to: the inevitable bumper-to-bumper traffic on the eve of Thanksgiving—and unfortunately, the car accidents on the road, keeping us stuck in traffic. These accidents and congestion prevent us from getting back...

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A Step Back Means Two Steps Forward: Highway Trust Fund Rescission Repealed, Paves Way for Transportation Investment

November 21, 2019

State departments of transportation (DOT) might be able to breathe easier this weekend. Thanks to the efforts of ASCE members and government relations staff, the Society was successful in the repeal of the $7.6 billion rescission, or cancellation, of unobligated highway contract authority under the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) scheduled to take effect on July...

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Construction Innovation Highlighted on Capitol Hill

November 21, 2019

Advanced digital construction methods can save money and create many opportunities for small businesses. It’s an exciting time for engineers, architects, and project managers as they look at new ways to build bridges, buildings, and other structures. New data and using digital models have caused construction sites to become safer and more efficient. However, only...

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ASCE Gives Thanks in 2019

November 21, 2019

We rely on our infrastructure every day, but on Thanksgiving, it’s especially clear that our built systems play a critical role in supporting or lives. As you head to the airport, board a train, or get behind the wheel, consider the effort required to maintain and enhance the infrastructure that gets us to and from...

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Proposal to Improve Bridge Inspection Program Announced

November 15, 2019

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently issued a proposal to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) that would improve oversight of U.S. bridge inspections. The FHWA proposal addresses requirements set by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  Offering states the varying inspection methods in determining inspection intervals for bridges, each...

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Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure Near Failing with D- GPA

November 13, 2019

In its inaugural Report Card for Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure, the ASCE Puerto Rico Section announced a near failing grade of a ‘D-‘ for the island’s infrastructure. The grades were announced in a press conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, November 12. The Report Card graded eight categories of infrastructure: bridges (D+), dams...

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Infrastructure Investment Wins Big at the Ballot Box

November 08, 2019

Americans in 19 different states lined up at poll centers on November 5th with an array of decisions to make on their ballots. Despite being an off-year election, infrastructure took center stage. Of the collective 305 ballot measures supporting transportation infrastructure investment, 270 – roughly 90% – were approved. From Maine to Texas, these 270...

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