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ASCE Legislative Victory: Passage of WRDA 2020

Today, Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 – a major legislative victory for ASCE! The House and Senate passed WRDA 2020 with bipartisan support as a part of the massive end of the year appropriations and stimulus package. Throughout 2020, ASCE members and staff advocated for improvement in all 16 infrastructure......

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Civil Engineers Give Utah’s Infrastructure a “C+”

On Wednesday, the Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released preliminary findings – including grades – from the 2020 Report Card for Utah’s Infrastructure, the Section’s first report card since 2015. Utah civil engineers gave 12 categories of infrastructure an overall grade of “C+”, tied only with Georgia for the highest......

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ASCE Congratulates Mayor Pete Buttigieg on DOT Nomination

The following statement comes from ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith: We applaud President-elect Biden’s nomination of Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the incoming Secretary of the Department of Transportation. We are eager to work with DOT and incoming Secretary Buttigieg to modernize our nation’s transportation systems and to make sustainable infrastructure a central component of our......

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Pandemic Slowing Clean Energy Jobs & Energy Efficiency Growth

ASCE’s recent COVID-19 Status Report notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing energy infrastructure challenges, delaying some investments in the short term and costing nearly half a million Americans working in renewable energy their jobs. According to a new analysis by BW Research Partnership, the clean energy sector has grown less than 1% over......

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Civil Engineers Give Maine’s Infrastructure a “C-” in 2020 Report Card

Maine civil engineers gave 16 categories of infrastructure a cumulative grade of a “C-,” meaning the state’s systems are just below mediocre condition. Civil engineers graded aviation (B), bridges (C-), dams (D+), drinking water (C), energy (C+), hazardous waste (D+), levees (C-), parks (C), ports (B-), rail (C+), roads (D), schools (C), solid waste (C-),......

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Pennsylvania Approves Emergency Bond Measure to Keep DOT Open

Shortly before Thanksgiving, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, or PennDOT, announced hundreds of ongoing projects in the state, as well as future projects, would be stopped or delayed on December 1st without immediate action from the state legislature to authorize the agency to borrow $600 million. Fortunately, shortly after PennDOT raised alarm about the impending......

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Legislative Successes, Members Making Headlines, Policy Reports, State Report Cards and More: ASCE Gives Thanks to Our Members

*Kevin Longley, Alexa Lopez, and Maria Matthews contributed to this blog  As 2020 comes to a close, ASCE Government Relations is thankful for its wonderful community of 150,000 members who work diligently to ensure the safety, efficiency, and modernization of our nation’s roads, bridges, drinking and wastewater systems, utilities, and more every day. The work......

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The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure focuses on growth and COP26 at its first anniversary

One year ago, global leaders from mayors to civil engineers and engineering organizations joined forces to identify the biggest barriers to infrastructure adaptation and resilience, and to understand how the engineering community could act as a catalyst for action, which came to fruition as the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI). Leaders from across the......

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FCC Votes to Put Car Safety Technology at Risk

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to redeploy airwaves that we’ve had for 21 years for the purposes of developing a vehicle safety system that is on its way to becoming a reality, despite efforts from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), AASHTO, state DOTs, the auto industry, ASCE, ITS America,  and others to......

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