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

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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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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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — New President, New Congress, What We Want

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Capitol and Washington Monument, Washington, DC

ACEC President and CEO Dave Raymond sent a letter to Trump outlining critical infrastructure and regulatory issues. And Engineering Inc. polled executives engaged with ACEC’s advocacy program to get their take on legislative issues and prospects for progress in the 115th Congress.

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Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
David A. Raymond - Letter to Donald Trump

We are eager to support your agenda to invest in the nation’s critical infrastructure, reform our tax code and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. Our members are knowledgeable in these areas, as they are directly engaged in construction projects that propel America’s economy and enhance its quality of life.

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Public officials in need of funding for infrastructure projects should check out the Build America Bureau!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Build America Bureau

Last week, DOT announced another groundbreaking financial tool – a product of the Build America Bureau – and provided an example. The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) and the Build America Bureau signed a pioneering, first-of-its-kind Master Credit Agreement (MCA). The agreement lays a foundation for working together to initiate four transit projects in the Seattle area. The projects, now that they are consolidated, will be eligible to receive close to $2 billion in financing. As a result of the MCA, the Build America Bureau will be able to close one deal that covers multiple projects.

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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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Ladders of Opportunity: Transportation Empowerment Pilot

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Geographic locations of U.S. LadderSTEP cities.

Transportation infrastructure choices made at the federal, state, and local levels can strengthen communities, create pathways to jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Americans. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to these opportunities. DOT’s role has typically been to directly support the states through drafting regulation, creating informational resources, and providing technical assistance and program funding. Through the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LaddersTEP) model, DOT provided direct aid to cities to achieve these positive results.

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Now is the time for voters to let Congress know their feelings about infrastructure and jobs in America

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Photo by Wyn Van Devanter - Looking southeast down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Visible landmarks include the Old Post Office Pavilion (center) and United States Capitol.

It would be wonderful – and significantly helpful – if taxpayers and public officials showed an outpouring of support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. Congressional representatives need to know, without doubt, that there is home-town support for this. Without seeing support from constituents, it’s possible that the program could get delayed long enough to die a sad death. If that happens, the U.S. will remain vulnerable in the race for global leadership… and thousands of jobs that could have been created will be remembered only as “what might have been.”

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

Monday, December 19th, 2016
WIIN Act

The WIIN Act is a measure that includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which overwhelmingly passed the House in September, in addition to provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure around the country, address control of coal combustion residuals, improve water storage and delivery to help drought-stricken communities, address federal dam maintenance backlogs, and approve longstanding water settlement agreements for the benefit of taxpayers and Native Americans.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: the 4-Year-Old Envision Rating System is Becoming a Best Practices Model Industry Wide for Sustainable Infrastructure

Monday, December 12th, 2016
VHB used Envision as the framework for this 1-mile section of Greenough Boulevard along the bank of the Charles River from Cambridge to Watertown in Massachusetts. By narrowing the roadway (right), the reclaimed parkland reduces stormwater runoff and includes a tree-lined path that can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sustainable infrastructure was the focus of Envision, introduced in 2012 as a new rating system to promote best practices in planning, designing, building and maintaining public roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems and other civic entities…The Envision rating system addresses a full range of environmental, social and economic impacts of sustainability in project design, construction and operation. Labeled “credits,” these impacts are classified under five categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.

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The State of Freight II: Implementing the FAST Act and Beyond

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Dedicated Federal freight funding now flows to all states on an annual basis. Every state is expected to have a state freight plan completed by December 2017.

The State of Freight II provides a snapshot of where states are collectively in developing state freight plans and a baseline on what future projected investments are needed to build out the nation’s 21st century freight network. The State of Freight II reports on how states are already funding freight-specific investments through state dedicated or discretionary funding, and how these funding sources can potentially work with Federal freight investments.

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