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A Step Back Means Two Steps Forward: Highway Trust Fund Rescission Repealed, Paves Way for Transportation Investment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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ASCE Testifies on Construction Innovation Before House Committee on Small Business

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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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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States Could Face Surface Transportation Performance Goal Penalties

November 05, 2019

As we move into reauthorizing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, recently reported data shows Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia will need to spend a collective $1.8 billion prior to September 30, 2020—the FAST Act expiration— on improvements to National Highway...

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Senate Passes First FY20 Appropriations Bills

November 01, 2019

This week, the Senate passed their first FY20 appropriations bills in a “minibus,” or spending package (H.R. 3055) that consists of four bills: Interior & Environment; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; Commerce, Justice & Science; and Agriculture. The Senate’s FY20 Interior & Environment appropriations bill includes: $9 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),...

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Success: House Passes the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act

October 29, 2019

This week, the House passed H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, by a vote of 296 – 109. ASCE endorsed H.R. 2440 earlier this year, and this bill was one of our 2019 legislative fly-in priorities. The passage of H.R. 2440 would not have been possible without the incredible...

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The Highway Trust Fund Needs Fixing – New Report Looks at a VMT Tax

October 23, 2019

By 2022, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the main funding source for the federal government’s investments in highway and transit infrastructure and primarily funded by the federal motor fuels tax, is set to dry up. In anticipation of this, Congress is looking at long-term solutions to fund our surface transportation systems. One of those proposed...

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Take Some Time Today to Imagine a Day Without Water

October 23, 2019

Most of you have probably already had a cup or two of coffee today or started the laundry. Now imagine starting your day without that morning brew, brushing your teeth, or washing your toddler’s hands before breakfast. Imagine what it’s like to not have water, even for one day, and you can see life grinds...

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