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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Dynamic Scoring and Infrastructure Spending

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Figure 1: Federal Capital Spending Lags Real GDP

MCGRAW HILL FINANCIAL
GLOBAL INSTITUTE
We review recent trends in federal infrastructure spending and the policy case for dynamic scoring of revenue and spending legislation. The use of dynamic scoring depends upon the magnitudes of near‐term impacts on economy‐wide spending and the long‐run impacts on productivity. We conclude that federal infrastructure investment should be dynamically scored…A simple example suggests that $100 billion in new infrastructure spending could generate an extra $62.5 to $165.5 billion in national output over the next twenty years, based on a range of scenarios. Assuming a 20 percent effective tax rate, this $100 billion infrastructure investment would generate a 20‐year revenue offset ranging from $12.5 to $33.1 billion.

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Status of Positive Train Control Implementation

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
In 2008, after multiple accidents and urging from safety advocates and experts, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Congress mandated that railroads implement Positive Train Control (PTC) systems by December 31, 2015. A majority of railroads will not meet this statutory deadline.

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Washington State DOT: How To Move a Bridge (Time Lapse)

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Washington State DOT: How To Move a Bridge (Time Lapse)

Over the weekend of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, crews relocated the obsolete 379-ton 1920’s era Puyallup River bridge about a quarter-mile to WSDOT property. WSDOT’s goal is to recycle the truss by offering it for another purpose. If unsuccessful, WSDOT will recycle the steel.

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Victory Highway, NV: Exploring the Dunphy River Bridge

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Victory Highway, NV: Exploring the Dunphy River Bridge

Elizabeth Dickey of Nevada DOT takes you on a tour of the historical section of Highway 40 called “Victory 1.” Out of three bridges in this section, two need to be replaced in order to meet modern safety standards.

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Corrosion Prevention: Vital to Reinforcing Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Corrosion Prevention: Vital to Reinforcing Our Nation’s Infrastructure

The average bridge has a designed lifespan of 50 years. There are over 610,000 bridges in the United States with a current average age of 43 years and the clock is ticking to invest in and maintain our infrastructure to keep America moving on structurally sound bridges.

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Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Major Urban Areas: Road Condition Rankings

TRIP
In this report, TRIP examines the condition of the nation’s major urban roads, including pavement condition data for America’s most populous urban areas, recent trends in travel, the latest developments in repairing roads and building them to last longer, and the funding levels needed to adequately address America’s deteriorated roadways.

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Interactive Report: ASCE Gamechangers

Friday, August 7th, 2015
ASCE Gamechangers

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
#GameChangers is a compilation of the best and brightest innovations changing the infrastructure sector…We have surveyed engineers and public officials across the country to identify key game changers across the major infrastructure sectors – how we deliver drinking water, treat wastewater, build roads and bridges, design transit systems, generate and distribute energy, and move goods to market. We’re at a critical moment in deciding how, and if, we will further invest in our infrastructure. Imagine what more we can do if we seize the opportunity to replicate these engineering innovations.

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The Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
The Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure

CASE sponsored ARTBA’s annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates in Washington DC. ARTBA EVP/COO Bill Toohey discusses the importance of both federal and state/local funding in securing the investment that our nation’s road, bridges and transportation systems need.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Terry O’Sullivan became the tenth General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) on January 1, 2000, and is dedicated to growing his union’s membership and market share.

“I think the American public is willing, ready, and able to have that conversation. It’s been too many in Washington DC that have been licking their fingers and seeing which way the winds are blowing, that have been afraid to have that conversation.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Geoffrey Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Geoffrey Anderson - Photo by Aimee Custis, www.aimeecustis.com

Geoffrey Anderson is the President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Named by Partners for Livable Communities as “One of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Sustainable Community Planning and Development,” Geoff came to his current position after eight years heading the Smart Growth Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“It is amazing to see what local governments and states have done, and how much they have responded. Some of that is amazing in terms of their pro-activeness, and then some is less amazing because it’s become so desperate that they really had to do something, and unlike Congress, they didn’t have the luxury of kicking the issue off another two years without thinking about the longer term.”

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