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Interactive Report: Our Deficient Bridges

Monday, February 27th, 2017
ARTBA: 2017 Bridge Report

A new interactive report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) draws attention to the tens of thousands of bridges deemed structurally deficient throughout the United States. The term “structurally deficient” means that at least one of the key bridge elements–the deck, superstructure or substructure–is in poor condition.

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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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February 28 – March 2, Los Angeles, CA: USHSR West Coast Rail Conference

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
2017 West Coast Rail Conference

$180 Billion in projects, new studies, construction news, project announcements, new procurement schedule, P3s and much more! Join the movers and shakers bringing rail to America at the 2017 West Coast Rail Conference.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Charlene Wheeless, Principal Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Bechtel Corporation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel is very supportive, obviously, of the need to improve our infrastructure and we’re really pleased that there’s ongoing dialogue about the need to update our infrastructure and to take action. So that’s very exciting for us as a company, but also for us as citizens.

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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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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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Dream Big: Engineering Our World—Coming to an IMAX Near You

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Dream Big: Engineering Our World—Coming to an IMAX Near You

Dream Big is bringing awe-inspiring feats of engineering to the big, big screen this February. The film aims to burst stereotypes and portray engineering as an “exciting, creative, heroic realm.” According to the film’s web site, “It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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Airport collaborative redevelopment proposal could leverage $7 billion in private investment

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
JFK International Airport - Photo by Joe Mabel

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The forward-thinking governor this week announced his $10 billion plan to redevelop the JFK […]

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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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