August 10, 2007
LAST WEEK'S collapse of the I-35 West Bridge in Minneapolis was the latest in a series of infrastructure failures that have served to raise awareness and concern on the part of the public, the media and our government. In Manhattan, a steam pipe exploded, resulting in one death and countless dollars of lost productivity when a section of the city was shut down for public safety. In Texas, continual infrastructure failures at oil and gas facilities disrupt energy supplies at a time our country can least afford them.
August 7, 2007 |
The I-35W bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Wednesday brought to home how all of us live in Minnesota. We saw a stranded school bus that fell with the bridge, and we worried about our children. Millions of us, even if we were not on that bridge, could identify with the victims. Suddenly, we thought about all the bridges we crossed every day and wondered if they were safe. Or were they going to crash someday as we sped across them? Minnesota also brought to us an old word with a new, sad currency: infrastructure.
July 21, 2012 |
The economies of the nation's cities are starting to bounce back from the recession and grow again, but state and federal governments must increase their spending on infrastructure to help that growth continue, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which released an economic report Thursday. The report, prepared by IHS Global Insight, forecasts that 300 of the country's 363 metropolitan areas will undergo real economic growth by the end of the year. The total gross metropolitan product grew by 1.7 percent last year and expanded in 267 metropolitan areas.
January 9, 2009 |
As Congress prepares to wrangle over President-elect Barack Obama's still-undetermined economic-stimulus proposal, Gov. Rendell and other top state and local officials nationwide are pressing the need for infrastructure investment. Rendell, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday announced results of an online poll in which a wide majority of Americans said they "strongly" or "somewhat" supported paying higher taxes to improve infrastructure.
June 27, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's infrastructure has not improved since 2010, and the ongoing deterioration of its bridges and the near-failing condition of its roads remain a major economic problem for the state, according to a report card released Wednesday by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The state's overall grade remained stuck at C-minus, but there was some optimism among speakers at a news conference that Pennsylvania's new transportation-funding law would start turning conditions around.
March 12, 1990 |
On March 9, 1832, a 23-year-old candidate for the Illinois General Assembly told Sangamon County voters "my sentiments with regard to local affairs. " His first sentiment was "the public utility of internal improvements," particularly "the opening of good roads (and) the clearing of navigable streams. " Thus did Abraham Lincoln's public life commence with concern about what is now called "infrastructure. " Today Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner, from Illinois, has the challenging task of selling a taxaphobic nation on the rationality of spending much more on infrastructure.
February 22, 1988 |
Some growing communities in the Philadelphia region are beginning to look like an 8-year-old child in a 4-year-old's clothing. While their vacant land can accommodate expansion, their roads, sewers and other services are straining under the burden, says economist Joel L. Naroff of Fidelcor in his regional outlook report. If those facilities aren't improved, future economic expansion could be choked off, he contends. "Unless action is taken to begin the long process of expanding water, sewer, trash disposal and transportation capacity, long-term economic growth could be suppressed in later years," Naroff says of the eight-county area.
June 23, 1986 |
Large sections of the Philadelphia area's infrastructure - the roads, bridges and transportation and water-supply systems that support the economy - are falling apart and $10.5 billion is needed to halt the deterioration, a new study reports. Unless there are large infusions of capital, the region's commerce and the residents' quality of life could be seriously harmed, crippling the area in its competition with cities like New York, Boston and Baltimore, the study says. Years of deferring maintenance have led to most of the problems, and the study says that the area will need huge increases in taxes, tolls and other fees to make up for that neglect.
March 20, 2013 |
The roads, dams, water systems, airports, and other underpinnings of the nation's economy are in sorry shape, the American Society of Civil Engineers said Tuesday. But not quite as sorry as four years ago, when ASCE last evaluated the country's infrastructure. The engineers' quadrennial report card graded 16 sectors from aviation to wastewater. Overall, America's infrastructure got a D+, a step above "poor" but shy of "mediocre. " In 2009, the nation's infrastructure got a D. Solid-waste treatment got the highest grade, a B-, and the nation's railroads were most improved, moving up from a C- to a C+. Worst off were the nation's levees and inland waterways: Each got a D- from the engineers' group.
July 19, 2014 |
WILMINGTON - While criticizing Congress for not passing a long-term transportation spending plan, President Obama stood before the closed I-495 bridge Thursday and announced a new initiative to encourage private-sector investment in infrastructure. "First-class infrastructure attracts investment, and it creates first-class jobs," Obama said. "Unfortunately right now, our investment in transportation lags behind a lot of other countries'. " The president's push for transportation improvements comes as the federal Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money.