The following is a statement by Dennis D. Truax, P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE):
WASHINGTON, DC. – Today President Biden officially signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law, a historic bipartisan achievement that represents the largest investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems in a generation or more. With this $1.2 trillion investment, the federal government will restore their critical partnership with cities and states to modernize our nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, drinking water pipes, school facilities, broadband, ports, airports and more.
ASCE has continuously called for bold political leadership to prioritize infrastructure modernization, and this Administration and Congress delivered. ASCE has steadfastly worked to elevate infrastructure as a national priority, issuing quadrennial assessments of our nation’s infrastructure systems since 1998 with ASCE’s nationally recognized Report Cards for America’s Infrastructure. The IIJA delivers on a multitude of ASCE priorities and will improve every American’s way of life.
Thank you to the bipartisan members of Congress and President Biden for your leadership in advancing this landmark piece of legislation. We look forward to working with our members and partners across the country to ensure the policies and funding included in the bill are implemented and used effectively and efficiently toward transformative infrastructure projects that will successfully carry our country forward for hundreds of years to come.
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation's infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit www.asce.org or www.infrastructurereportcard.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.