Governing » The need is indeed enormous. The American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the nation’s infrastructure as a D+ and warned that its deterioration is harming the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy. In the early days after Trump’s inauguration, Republican strategist Steve Bannon predicted that infrastructure would give the president an added bonus, the key to “an entirely new political movement, as exciting as the 1930s,” even “greater than the Reagan revolution.” It was such a good idea, the White House believed, that Trump’s team boosted the target to $1.5 trillion. But nearly two years after the election, the plan is by all reports dead. Everyone seems to love the idea of investment in infrastructure, but no one has figured out how to pay for it.
Times of San Diego » California’s roads get a “D” and both its bridges and public transit a “C-” in a report card released Wednesday by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In the report’s summary, the association urges voters to reject Proposition 6, which would end more than $5 billion in annual infrastructure funds. “With $5 billion annually hanging in the balance, the grades could quickly decline if these investments do not come to fruition,” said John Hogan, co-chair of the ASCE’s California Infrastructure Report Card Committee. “By defeating Prop. 6 in November, voters can ensure the funding from SB 1 will continue to provide critical funding for roads, bridges and transit.”
Construction Dive » Richard Clarke, the chief program management officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the agency’s construction committee on Thursday that the $2 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will serve the City of Los Angeles and other areas, is approximately five months behind schedule.
IEEE Spectrum » The Colorado Department of Transportation has contracted with Integrated Roadways for a $2.75 million project that involves adding an accelerometer, fiber optic cable and a magnetometer to a test section of pavement. This type of research may ultimately help relieve congestion and alert emergency responders to accidents.