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      Civil Engineers Applaud Increased Funding for Surface Transportation

      December 3, 2015

      Washington, D.C. -  The following is a statement by Mark W. Woodson, P.E., president of the American Society of Civil Engineers on Congress' passage of the FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act on Dec. 3, 2015:

      "After nearly a decade of short-term bills and numerous extensions, ASCE congratulates Congress on delivering a five-year authorization bill that will start to address our nation's backlog of surface transportation needs. States will be able to plan, design, and build long-term projects because the bill increases funding and offers certainty that the federal government will continue to be a trusted investment partner.

      "The FAST Act increases federal investment into our aging roads, bridges, and transit systems, creates a national freight program, improves innovation, and streamlines the environmental and permitting process. However,  it does not provide a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund crisis. ASCE urges Congressional leaders to start seriously exploring ways to fix the Highway Trust Fund in the long term now, so that in five years that solution can be implemented."