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September 25, 2009 - ASCE Letter - Supporting an extension-Surface Transportation program

The Honorable Harry Reid                         The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader                             Senate Minority Leader
Washington, D.C. 20510                           Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senators Reid and McConnell:

The American Society of Civil Engineers strongly supports the timely enactment of a multi-year surface
transportation reauthorization bill. To that end, the proposed three-month extension of the federal
highway and transit programs passed overwhelmingly this week by the House of Representatives is far
preferable to the alternative some are advancing that would delay action on this critical legislation until
March of 2011.

The nation’s highway and transit network is facing an ever growing amount of challenges. ASCE’s 2009
Report Card for America’s Infrastructure graded Roads at a “D -“, Transit at a “D”, and Bridges at a “C”.
Additionally, ASCE estimates that it will require a five year investment of $1.2 trillion to bring just these
three transportation categories up to an acceptable condition.

While the transportation investments of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act are delivering an
economic boost to the transportation construction industry and the entire nation, these resources were
never intended to be the long-term transportation solution our economy requires. Passing a multi-year
reauthorization bill with robust highway and public transportation investment is one of the best steps
Congress can take to provide lasting economic benefits and contribute to new job creation.

We recognize an interim measure will be necessary after the current surface transportation authorization
law expires September 30. The proposed three-month extension the House passed this week would
maintain continuity in the federal highway and public transportation programs while a multi-year bill is
finalized. We urge you to support a three month extension of the surface transportation program. As the
extension process moves forward, we also support including a repeal of the pending $8.7 billion
rescission of highway contract authority required to go into effect September 30 to prevent further
disruption of state highway improvement activities.

Thank you for your consideration of these views.


D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE