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Policy Statement 299 - Infrastructure Investment Policy

Approved by the Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee on March 21, 2013
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 4, 2013
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 12, 2013

Policy

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports financially responsible actions by federal, state and local governments to meet America’s infrastructure needs.  These actions should support established project and program management principles, including new service and delivery models, innovative financing, appropriate research and technology transfer, and should conform to the principles of sustainability.  

Issue

America’s infrastructure includes highways, streets, public buildings, mass transportation facilities, resource recovery facilities, air transport facilities, water systems, waste facilities, dams, levees, ports and waterways, and other public and private facilities Although taken for granted the nation’s infrastructure is the foundation on which our national economy, global competitiveness, and quality of life depends.  If the economy is to grow and prosper, so must the services afforded by these assets. At the same time, the U.S. must consider alternate delivery models and invest in the transformative technologies that are necessary to support a sustainable economy

Investment in America’s infrastructure has been deferred and has not focused on either the demand for new facilities and services or the maintenance and repair needs of the aging infrastructure systems.  The results are evident in traffic and airport congestion, unsafe bridges and dams, substandard educational facilities, deteriorating roads and inadequate utility systems. The 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure estimates that $3.6 trillion will be needed by 2020 to bring the Nation’s infrastructure to an acceptable condition.  Neglect of this backlog until systems fail will result in even greater costs to the nation.

Rationale

ASCE is concerned with the general reduction in investment for the preservation and enhancement of America’s infrastructure, the lack of creative solutions and the impact that the continued and accelerating deterioration of the infrastructure will have on our quality of life and U.S. competitiveness in the world markets. 

ASCE supports coordinated efforts to develop a responsible partnership among all levels of government, the research community, other professional organizations, and private investors to achieve and maintain the efficient and effective delivery of infrastructure services.

ASCE is committed to leadership in civil engineering research priorities based on performance and service, innovative financing, and service delivery models promoting technology transfer and sustainable urban development.  

ASCE Policy Statement 299
First Approved in 1985