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      American Society of Civil Engineers Unveils Interactive Map of Construction-Ready Infrastructure Projects in the United States

      July 29, 2020

      Map portrays critical infrastructure projects that are on hold due to budget constraints

      Projects represent immediate job openings

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today released a new interactive map of construction-ready infrastructure projects that span the categories of dams, inland waterways, water systems and multimodal freight corridors across the country. This map of America's Construction-Ready Infrastructure Projects is a not a comprehensive list of every project in the queue across the country; rather, it is a snapshot of infrastructure projects that could move forward quickly with federal funding and appropriations.  

      "At a time when people are confined to their homes, need jobs and with low interest rates for project funding, we have an opportunity to fast-track construction, but America is stuck until Congress acts," said K.N. Gunalan, "Guna," Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers. "Critical maintenance and modernization for high-hazard dams, leaking water pipes, antiquated inland waterways, congested multimodal freight corridors and other projects are ready to break ground across the country, which will put Americans back to work and strengthen the resilience of our infrastructure." 

      ASCE gave America's infrastructure a 'D+' on its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card , citing a growing maintenance backlog, with a 10-year investment gap of at least a $2 trillion across 16 infrastructure categories. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a bad problem worse for our nation's infrastructure assets.  According to the National League of Cities, 65% of cities are being forced to delay or completely cancel capital expenditures and infrastructure projects due to the pandemic. Additionally, American Road & Transportation Builders Association data shows that at least $9 billion of construction work on transportation projects have been shelved.

      ASCE is asking Congress to pass a bipartisan, comprehensive infrastructure investment package so that projects such as these highlighted in the map can break ground, which would also put Americans back to work.  Some examples of the projects listed on the map include, but are not limited to, the following:  

      • In Louisiana, the Port of New Orleans has over $123 million in multimodal freight projects that can break ground quickly and the state is home to an additional $38.5 million in authorized inland waterway projects that are awaiting construction funding.
      • Ohio is home to nearly $58 million in dam improvement projects that can break ground quickly.
      • Texas is home to $38.5 million in authorized inland waterway projects awaiting construction.
      • There are at least $398 million of clean water and $72 million of drinking water infrastructure projects that are construction ready in Washington state.

      ASCE developed the map using  data from industry partners, including the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators , Water Environment Federation , American Association of State Dam Safety Officials , Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors and Waterways Council, Inc .

      In June, ASCE released its COVID-19's Impacts on America's Infrastructure status report, which provides a snapshot of 12 infrastructure sectors, outlining projected revenue impacts due to the pandemic, while offering legislative solutions for Congress. 

      ASCE's map of America's Construction-Ready Infrastructure Projects  may be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org/stimulus-relief-map/ .

      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 and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel. 

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