ASCE Report Card rates nation’s roads as “Poor, At Risk”

The 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), gives America’s roads a disappointing letter grade of “D”. The engineers at ASCE define “D” as infrastructure that is “Poor, At Risk”: “The infrastructure is in poor to fair condition and mostly below standard, with many elements approaching the end of their service life. A...

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ASCE Infrastructure Report Card a Call to Action

In early March, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) unveiled their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Television news programs, newspapers and trade magazines covered the announcement for a few days and provided plenty of highlights. Within a week or so, the coverage tapered off and, as so often happens, the story receded in the public consciousness. It should...

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ODOT invests $2.3 billion in Ohio roads and bridges

2017 will be a near-record construction season for Ohio – for the second year in a row! The Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion in roads and bridges across the state, nearly surpassing the $2.4 billion investments made in 2014 and 2015. The construction season will include 1,098 projects with 26 considered Major Projects valued at more than $10...

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Ohio legislature passes $7.8 billion transportation bill

The Ohio House and Senate passed a $7.8 billion transportation bill this week after lawmakers removed $48 million earmarked for local infrastructure projects and $30 million for public transit. The two-year transportation budget will now go to Gov. John Kasich’s office for his signature. The transportation budget is separate from the state’s main operating budget and...

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A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

On January 24, 2017, U.S. Senate Democrats released a comprehensive proposal titled A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped draft the proposal which “would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs that our economy desperately needs.” Although...

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A Sensible Way to improve Ohio Highway Funding

The future condition of Ohio’s infrastructure is important business. The subject should concern every citizen who relies on our roads and bridges for daily commuting, shopping and recreation. Ultimately, the goal is to have a sustainable method of highway funding that Ohio can count on for the long term. But whether the best solution involves a single funding method or a...

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