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August 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Placing priority on infrastructure investments

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Effects of future projects

Neal Peirce chose to trumpet the misstatements made in the “Strong Towns” blog about American Society of Civil Engineer’s “failure to act” report instead of looking into the report’s intent himself [“Prioritizing the nation’s infrastructure investments,” Seattletimes.com, Aug. 20].

If he had, it would have been clear that the study’s purpose was to show the expected negative effects of America’s current level of investment in surface-transportation systems, not prescribe ways for infrastructure dollars to be spent.

The ASCE report found that a lack of investment in roads, highways, bridges and transit systems has ripple effects throughout our economy: raising the cost of doing business, harming exports and costing jobs in high-value sectors. By 2020, families would see their incomes fall by $1,060 per year — an outcome everyone should take seriously and work to avoid.

While we agree with Peirce that an infrastructure bank would be a partial solution, additional funding must be identified.

The bottom line is that our nation and our economy will look very different by 2020 if we fail to repair and upgrade the infrastructure we need to support our economy and way of life.

— Kathy J. Caldwell, president elect for American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.

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This is more propaganda from ASCE. It is very sad that this organization is stooping to this level in representing the engineering profession....  Posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:13 AM by clmarohn. Jump to comment

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