Topic: Funding

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Connecting the DOTs: Inside the need for immediate state revenue relief

The scenes this spring along highways cutting through Seattle were something out of a “Twilight Zone” episode. Morning commute, midday, 5 p.m. rush hour – it didn’t matter. There were barely any cars on the roads. “Eerie,” is how one King County Department of Transportation engineer described it at the time. The COVID-19 pandemic kept people at home and cars off the road not just in Seattle...

Construction Industry Seeks Solutions to COVID-19 Disruptions

Uncertainty is the dominant theme right now in the construction industry. The COVID-19 pandemic this spring has fundamentally changed the way the business works – from supply chains to project schedules. “Construction’s always interesting. There’s always a problem to solve,” said Joseph Hellenbrand, P.E., M.ASCE, engineer at Capital Project Management Inc., based near Philadelphia. “This is like a next-level problem to solve, dealing with all these different...

Policy Briefing: Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides Billions for Infrastructure

LOOKING TO BOOST the sagging fortunes of three U.S. infrastructure sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Trump administration provided billions in new federal funding for transit, passenger rail, and airports as part of legislation finalized in late March to offer economic relief in the wake of the pandemic. Signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, the $2-trillion...

ASCE Fellow’s Generosity Paves Path for Future Civil Engineers

ASCE has been there to help Robert P. Wadell, P.E., F.ASCE. So it only seemed natural to him that he return the favor. And then some. Wadell recently made an extraordinary gift to the ASCE Foundation, placing him among the Foundation’s 1852 Society – a prestigious group of 16 of the most generous donors in ASCE’s storied history. “Every ASCE member can be proud when one of...

5 Ways Underfunding Infrastructure Affects You

Time and money are two of the most valuable things in your life. A lack of investment in our nation’s infrastructure is costing you both. ASCE’s recently released 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded the nation’s infrastructure with a cumulative D-plus, the same grade issued in the 2013 Report Card. The poor grades are largely attributed to a lack of infrastructure investment. The Report Card suggests that to...

ASCE Members Bring Report Card Message to Capitol Hill

The new ASCE Infrastructure Report Card got the conversation started last week. This week, ASCE members from around the country took that talk straight to Capitol Hill in Washington as participants in the Society’s annual Legislative Fly-In. “The timing of the Report Card being at the forefront of everybody’s minds definitely helps get a foot in the door, makes the conversation a little bit easier,” said...

ASCE’s New Infrastructure Report Card: Another D+, But Solutions Available

ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, released Thursday, offers the nation both bad news and good news. The bad is the average grade, D-plus, has not changed since the last Report Card four years ago, reflecting a continued dire need of overhaul. The good news is the Report Card says such an overhaul is still attainable, and offers suggested solutions that can make that overhaul happen. “There are reasons...

Paving the Way to a New Surface Transportation Bill: Insights from Senate Committee Chair Inhofe

“That old document that no one reads anymore or pays any attention to, it’s the Constitution,” said Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It says what we are supposed to be doing here … defending America and the roads, highways, and bridges.” Hear Sen. Inhofe share why short-term extensions don’t work and why we need continued...