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Geosynthetics and infrastructure

May 15th, 2014 / By: / Editorial

Whither the geosynthetic products, applications, and services?

  • White House official says:
    The Obama administration will intensify its efforts to get Congress to pass legislation that pays for roads and bridge repair.
  • Money for roads and bridges?
    New York—The latest example is his campaign urging Congress to immediately approve more funds for highway and bridge repairs. [The president] is scheduled to visit the site of the Tappan Zee Bridge renovation project north of New York City to make his case.
  • In visit to Arch, Biden praises investments in infrastructure
    St. Louis—Vice President Joe Biden made a short stop at the Gateway Arch grounds, praising the Arch improvements as a prime example of successful [infrastructure] partnerships.
  • The nation’s infrastructure: Another victim of congressional gridlock?
    Washington, D.C.—When President Obama traveled to New York, the Tappan Zee Bridge just north of New York City illustrated one of the nation’s most pressing problems: A looming drop-off in transportation funding. One crisis that could interrupt the construction boom that typically occurs every year during warmer weather when states and cities attempt to repair aging and failing infrastructure is the nearly tapped-out Highway Trust Fund, which the U.S. Department of Transportation predicts will be depleted by late August. As a result, the funding that states get from the federal government for highway projects—about 45%—will start to shrink.
  • Transportation bill also a crisis
    Washington, D.C.—The bill that governs all federal transportation policy, known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), will expire at the end of September. But because U.S. transportation needs do not come cheap—and with the appetite for spending in Congress nonexistent—an new agreement will be hard to come by.
    “This may be the most dire moment the American transportation system has faced in decades,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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