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Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM.
Despite the tens of billions of dollars in federal funding in infrastructure construction projects across the U.S. in recent years, a recent report shows Americans still believe more funding should go toward rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given our nation’s infrastructure a near failing grade of “D” overall, a rating that has not improved since 2005.
Microdesk, a Nashua, N.H.-based provider of consulting services to the design, build and operate space, recently unveiled results from its “State of the Industry” survey, revealing that 94% of its respondents believe taxpayer money should be used to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Survey respondents also believe that out of all of our nation’s infrastructure, bridges are the sector in the most need of repair.
The survey also found that infrastructure construction in the future will be influenced by technologies such as BIM. To view additional findings from the survey, visit Microdesk’s website at www.microdesk.com (direct link: http://bit.ly/SgRxF5).
The survey comes during a critical election year. As AISC President Roger Ferch explains in his latest “Letter from the President” on AISC’s website, “It is imperative to keep in mind our goals for improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure, including steel bridges.”
Ferch goes on to say that our nation’s previous transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, was extended 10 times before President Obama signed into law the current bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” or MAP-21. The bill guarantees $121 billion in funding for highways and bridges and $31.7 for public transportation through the 2014 fiscal year. While $121 billion is a lot of money, he says, it’s still not enough to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs and states won’t have the funding they need to plan for larger, longer-term projects.
You can get involved in this pertinent issue by contacting your elected officials in the House and Senate and sharing your voice about the importance of a longstanding, robustly funded transportation system. Visit www.aisc.org/action to learn more and contact your representative.