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Washington, D.C. Civil Engineers Give the District’s Infrastructure a “C” Grade

On Tuesday, the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure, the Section’s first report since 2016. D.C. civil engineers gave eight categories of infrastructure an overall grade of “C”, an improvement from the “C-“ grade given in the 2016 report and a slight......

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ASCE Unveils Newest Infrastructure Gamechangers

It’s easy to dwell on negativity, particularly in regards to infrastructure trends. The increasing funding gap, potholes and deteriorating bridges, power outages – the list seems overwhelming. But engineers don’t dwell on these problems – they offer solutions. To celebrate innovation in the engineering field, the ASCE just designated 13 new Infrastructure Gamechangers—groundbreaking infrastructure projects......

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Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Releases Water Resources Development Act of 2020 and Drinking Water Legislation

This week, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee has released a  draft of their bipartisan WRDA 2020 bill, entitled America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2020, which keeps Congress on track with the biennium WRDA reauthorization schedule. This bill authorizes $17 billion in infrastructure projects and reauthorizes the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund......

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Construction Innovation Highlighted on Capitol Hill

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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August Recess Winds Down, but All Eyes and Ears on Automated Vehicles

Automated systems are making their way into our commercial trucks and buses, intriguing both federal and state Departments of Transportation. This interest edges us closer to seeing more of these on the road, which means factors such as safety, regulation, and funding must be taken into consideration. In recent weeks, we saw the American Association......

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ASCE Participates in Resilience Event

ASCE, along with other advocacy groups, policymakers, and business leaders, participated in an event entitled “Partnerships & Progress: Driving Climate Solutions” held by The Hill and the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss bipartisan congressional initiatives on clean energy, resilience, and disaster preparedness. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) kicked of the event......

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Proposed Water Legislation Aims to Address Funding Needs

As advocates of alternative water resources financing mechanisms and innovative, resilient infrastructure, ASCE is happy to support two recent pieces of legislation that provide creative solutions to our nation’s aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure systems.  Last week, U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S. 2364,......

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Innovations in Infrastructure: Necessity is the mother of invention

With 42 percent of the major urban highways in the U.S. congested and the problem only predicted to increase, there is a great need for our road and traffic systems to be modernized to prepare for and accommodate this congestion. Fortunately, cities around the nation have started utilizing technological solutions to help alleviate some of......

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