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2017 California Infrastructure Report Card

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s 16 major infrastructure categories. Using a simple A to F school report card format, ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning...

How Transit Oriented Developments are Transforming US Cities

The trend toward public transit and walkability coupled with the desire to live in an urban setting has been rising in popularity in the U.S. Suburbs have started to play host to mini mixed-use, village-style complexes in an effort to...

Investing in Water Infrastructure Keeps our Economy Flowing

The following is a summary of an opinion piece by former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell:  When we talk about the decline of America’s infrastructure, every American can see the rusting bridges, potholed...

National Survey: What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Roads?

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University, California has published the results of a national opinion poll exploring public support for various tax options to raise federal transportation revenues — with a special focus on understanding support...

New Public Policy Survey: Californians and Transportation

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has announced findings from its recent statewide survey on Californians and Transportation. Established in 1994, PPIC conducts independent, nonpartisan research on major economic, social, and political issues affecting California. Here are the major...

LADWP Infrastructure Investments Deserve Our Support

By Gary Toebben, President of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Angelenos in every corner of the City at one point or another have been impacted by a broken water main or electricity blackout. These incidents are the most visible...

Historic Low Asphalt Prices Mean Infrastructure Investment is ‘On Sale’

As oil prices have continued to fall, state Departments of Transportation are now encountering the lowest costs for road-paving asphalt since the 2008-09 recession. This downtrend in construction materials costs has infrastructure investment advocates saying that now is one of...

Failure to invest in public infrastructure and education hurts America’s future

The following is a summary of an opinion piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: Let’s take a look at what our nation’s leaders could do better in 2016 to strengthen America’s economy and build a more widely prosperous...

U.S. Infrastructure: we don’t need to find a solution – we need to fund one

Infrastructure projects provide the literal and metaphorical building blocks on which nations are able to construct their economies. Investing in and developing infrastructure helps countries to generate jobs, improve the quality of life for their population and boost economic growth....

Emergency, Emergency, This is America’s Infrastructure Calling

Brendan Bechtel, USA Today America must renew its infrastructure to avoid economic decline. We know that our basic infrastructure fails to meet the demands of the 21st century as we daily encounter crumbling bridges, outdated airports and pot-holed highways. Indeed,...
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Dutch To ‘3d Print’ Steel Bridge in Amsterdam

With robots that 3D “draw,” in steel, a Dutch company will “print” a bridge using 2700-degree stainless steel, over water in the center of Amsterdam within two years. MX3D, the Dutch firm, claims it can 3D print beautiful, functional objects...

Disruptive Technologies in Construction

A disruptive technology is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The American Society of Civil Engineers...

State Agencies Collaborate to Improve Freight’s Performance

Integrated plan to improve trade infrastructure and reduce emissions SACRAMENTO — Leaders from state government joined the California Freight Advisory Committee at their July meeting, where they will take the first steps towards implementing Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15, which...