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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Opportunities for Infrastructure Reform: Improving America’s Procurement System

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

BROOKINGS INSTITUTIONMETROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAMInfrastructure enables global trade, powers businesses, connects workers to their jobs, creates new opportunities for struggling communities, and protects America from an unpredictable natural environment. However, these critical systems are in a state of disrepair.Aging bridges, congested roads, outmoded storm and drinking water systems, and deteriorating public buildings are just a few […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. David A. Raymond has been President of ACEC for the past 16 years, joining the Council in March 1999.

“Americans are very resilient people; they put up with a lot, their country is becoming more of a third-world country, and it’s very unfortunate and I hate to say, the only time Americans are really going to wake up to this is when stuff absolutely disappears…So we need leaders who can point to the areas where we need to make much greater progress and we don’t have those leaders. We need a public that is much better educated about infrastructure and other areas, and we don’t have that.”

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Detroit, MI: Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Detroit, MI: Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

University of Michigan landscape architect Joan Nassauer, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, leads a pilot project to design and build new forms of green infrastructure on vacant properties in Detroit’s far-west-side Cody Rouge neighborhood. Four “bioretention gardens” that capture and hold stormwater are under construction now on sites where abandoned homes were razed.

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Oregon DOT: 2015 Bridge Condition Report

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Figure 1. More than half of Oregon’s bridges were built prior to 1970, and more than 1,000 were built during the Interstate-era.

ODOT’s 2015 Bridge Condition Report summarizes bridge condition ratings on state highways and performance measures based on National Bridge Inventory and ODOT data. As a consistent reference point for evaluation, ODOT uses the bridge conditions snapshot provided annually to the Federal Highway Administration. Data from the April 2015 submittal is the basis of this report.

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Dynamic Scoring and Infrastructure Spending

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

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

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

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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