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Statement of Andrew W. Herrmann, P.E., president of ASCE

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) applauded today’s announcement by Chairman Boxer and Chairman Mica on reaching agreement on a two-year reauthorization of the transportation funding bill.

“We commend both chairmen and the conferees for recognizing that it is time to invest in our nation’s transportation infrastructure, and in doing so, put thousands of Americans back to work,” said Andrew W. Herrmann,  P.E., ASCE president.  “I strongly urge the Congress to pass this transportation bill quickly to get crucial projects up and running and boost our country’s economy.”

In addition to providing funding for transportation projects, the bill will consolidate overlapping federal programs; streamline the project delivery process to save time and federal funds, and give states the authority to target projects where those federal funds are needed the most.

“This is a critical shot-in-the-arm for our nation’s transportation network, but it is only a first step. As ASCE has documented, we are not investing nearly enough to bring our roads, bridges, and transit systems to an acceptable condition that will serve our economy in the long-run. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress on a long-term, reliable funding source to meet these goals,” Herrmann added.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.