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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Funding Resilient Infrastructure in New Jersey: Attitudes Following a Natural Disaster

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Table 2. Attitude Toward Increasing Revenue for Protecting Vulnerable Areas

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The objective of this research is to assess whether natural disasters and experience with damaged infrastructure affect views on whether public funding should be dedicated to protecting the vulnerability of communities. Survey data were collected via a random-digit dialing phone survey approximately four months after Superstorm Sandy with the explicit research purpose of gathering information on attitudes and opinions following a major disaster. This provides a unique opportunity to assess, under extreme events, whether the public supports increasing various tax revenues or floating a bond issue dedicated to reducing vulnerability.

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Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Figure 1: U.S. Combined-Sewer Systems Serving Populations of 50,000 or More

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
The biggest capital project, by far, in many American cities is one that few of their citizens even know about and that almost none has ever seen: the legally mandated retrofitting of “combined sewers,” sewers in which storm-water runoff and sanitary waste from buildings are channeled into the same pipes to reduce or eliminate overflows of untreated wastewater into local waterways.

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AEM’s Infrastructure 2050 Challenge Seeks Solutions to Infra Problems

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
AEM’s Infrastructure 2050 Challenge Seeks Solutions to Infra Problems

Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), shares what led to development of and the mission behind the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, which is offering $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul America’s crumbling infrastructure.

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ARTBA: Over 58,495 Structurally Deficient Bridges in the U.S. Are in Need of Repair

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
ARTBA logo

According to ARTBA, “There are nearly 204 million daily crossings on 58,495 U.S. structurally deficient bridges in need of repair.” The term structurally deficient refers to any bridge wherein “one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in ‘poor’ or worse condition.” The most-trafficked bridge on the list, in Los Angeles, CA, carries nearly 300,000 passengers each day.

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Building California’s Future Begins Today

Friday, February 19th, 2016
CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS AND FUNDING GAPS

OFFICE OF THE STATE TREASURER OF CALIFORNIA
JOHN CHIANG, TREASURER

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New York State’s Top Transportation Issues

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
New York State: Cost to Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP Executive Summary Eight years after the nation suffered a significant economic downturn, New York’s economy continues to rebound. The rate of economic growth in New York, which will be greatly impacted by the reliability and condition of the state’s transportation system, continues to have a significant impact on quality of life in the Empire […]

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Bremerton, WA: The Manette Bridge Documentary

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Bremerton, WA: The Manette Bridge Documentary

By the summer of 2010 in Manette, Washington, the people of this quiet community by the water had learned that soon they would have to say goodbye to an old friend–a friend that had been with them for 80 years and had served their community year-in and year-out; a strong, faithful companion who, now ravaged by time and the elements, would be unable to continue. That friend was simply known as the Manette Bridge.

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Menino Survey of Mayors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Biggest Local Challenge From a State or National Issue

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
INITIATIVE ON CITIES
Mayors overwhelmingly believe that physical infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing their city. Mayors were asked to identify the greatest challenge they face which falls outside their control—in other words, a challenge that is typically the purview of other levels of government. “Think about the next five years and beyond. What ONE trend or issue that you primarily think should be a state and/or federal matter will pose the biggest challenge to your city?” Importantly, this question did not query mayors about challenges to their cities generally, which was explored in last year’s report.

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Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Report Card for D.C.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
NATIONAL CAPITAL SECTION
The District of Columbia has 265 bridge structures; 226 of the bridges are owned by the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the remaining 39 are owned by the National Park Service (NPS). The average age of a bridge in D.C. is 58 years, and 80% of the bridges will need to be replaced or rehabilitated in the next 10 years. However, the District made significant strides to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges from 8% to 3% in just three years. Despite this progress, more than 220,000 trips are taken over a structurally deficient bridge every day and a quarter of bridges have at least one major component in fair condition.

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US DOT: The Importance of Ports

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
US DOT: The Importance of Ports

Animation from the United States Department of Transportation on the importance of seaports to the American economy. “Without ports, the economy stops,” but many of our nation’s ports are in need of updates.

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