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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Climate Change Damages to Alaska Public Infrastructure

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Fig. 1. Alaska’s boroughs overlaid on a map of permafrost distribution across the state.

Climate change in Alaska is causing widespread environmental change that is damaging critical infrastructure. As climate change continues, infrastructure may become more vulnerable to damage, increasing risks to residents and resulting in large economic impacts.

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Making America’s infrastructure great again will take lots of time and money

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In the months leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump announced that, if elected, he would incentivize $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Citizens, taxpayers, public officials and contractors have been waiting to see if that would really happen or not. President Trump recently announced that he had selected private-sector P3 expert David James “DJ” Gribbin to serve as his special assistant for infrastructure. It was a big announcement and one that caused people to ask…will it really happen? Maybe so!

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Karen Horting, CAE, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers

Karen Horting, CAE, is the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers, a position she has held since Dec. 31, 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Horting was most recently the SWE deputy executive director. In this capacity, she was responsible for all fund-development […]

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White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director of Infrastructure USA, talks about the impact infrastructure deficiencies have on our economy and daily lives.

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Practicality of Private Sector Funded Infrastructure

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Urban Share of Total Vehicle and Total Lane Miles (1980-2014)

Modernizing America’s infrastructure is a key plank in the next Administration’s economic platform, and transportation infrastructure should be central to this effort. The case can be made that American roadways are inadequate, even as there are more vehicles on the road than ever. The consequence is congested roads and poor road quality. However, President Trump’s plan relies heavily on private sector finance; specifically leveraging less than $200 billion in federal funds for $800 billion in private funds. (Then-candidate Hillary Clinton similarly proposed establishing an infrastructure bank involving the private sector.) Is it feasible to modernize the surface transportation network without greater taxpayer involvement?

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Airport modernization – next big wave of infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Tom Bradley Terminal, by Prayitno on Flickr - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Operational inefficiencies, passenger congestion, limited retail, access in and out of terminals and the negative passenger experience found in almost every U.S. airport is the result of outdated design, increasingly high demand, a lack of funding investment and a tendency to reject the concept of collaborating with private-sector experts. That, however, is changing.

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It’s 2017. We Can Do This. Let’s Do It!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
IBTTA: It

Tell the Congress of the United States to lift the prohibition on tolling interstate highways for the purposes of reconstruction. Give the states the ability to toll their Interstate highways specifically for rebuilding those Interstate highways. Let them have access to one more tool in the toolbox. This is not a mandate; no state would be required to toll their interstates. This simply gives states the flexibility to choose the option to use tolls if it makes sense to the individual state.

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The Intersector Project Hosts Summit, An Intersector Process for U.S. Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
The Intersector Project Summit

To address these needs, stakeholders from across the government, business, and non-profit sectors joined The Intersector Project to discuss a collaborative approach to solving U.S. infrastructure problems. Among the attendees was Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) who provided the keynote address. He delivered expert perspective, thoughtful commentary, and valuable insight into the role of infrastructure in American life.

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Michigan: 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
EXHIBIT 1. Michigan’s Infrastructure Through the Years

Infrastructure is the foundation of Michigan’s modern economy and quality of life. When most people hear the term “infrastructure,” they often think of roads or bridges; however, these assets are just pieces of a larger, more complex picture that includes water and sewer systems, drains and stormwater systems, broadband and communication systems, and electricity and natural gas networks…Michigan’s infrastructure is aging, and maintenance has been deferred for decades, leaving us in a state of disrepair. Failing infrastructure interrupts daily life, slows commerce, jeopardizes public health, pollutes the environment, and damages quality of life.

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Infrastructure Spending Trends

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Real Infrastructure Spending: Federal vs. State & Local Governments

This paper confronts perceived infrastructure failings with the data on public and private real infrastructure spending over recent decades. Interestingly, the data do not immediately point to a specific explanation for the poor perceived state of infrastructure. Accordingly, we turn to some possibilities that might explain the gap, such as changes in infrastructure needs and the quality of infrastructure spending.

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