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  • Congress will do ANYTHING to not raise the gas tax

    With federal highway funding expiring May 31, seems just about everyone in Washington’s got a formula to replace the gas tax. Could any of these four proposals actually work?

     
  • Public works departments inch toward recovery

    Our survey shows public works departments are finally putting the Great Recession behind them.

     
  • Infrastructure then and now

    From Roman roads to the Panama Canal through the New Deal programs of the 1930s, infrastructure has, and always will, define great civilizations.

     
  • How valuable are formal programs?

    Most of you think using technology to oversee infrastructure is a good idea, but less than half have an asset-management program.

     
  • Deadline for Keep America Beautiful grant apps is Feb. 6

    Keep America Beautiful has announced the availability of 2015 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America.

     
  • It’s a New Year miracle! Get those projects ready!

    President Obama’s Dec. 16 signature gave the U.S. $1.1 trillion to live on in 2015. While funding for most federal programs that support infrastructure remained about the same, water and sewer managers should start identifying projects for a new funding program.

     
  • Organizations Pledge Support, Align Resources with Urban Waters Federal Partnership

    The NGOs will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth.

     
  • How FHWA spends its money

    According to the General Accountability Office, most Federal Highway Administration funding goes toward improving roads and bridges (64%). That doesn't leave a lot for the many activities required to plan and build safe roadways, particularly if they're also going to be used by bicyclists and...

     
  • Future solid waste scenarios

    A rural Arizona county's public works professionals evaluate future solid waste service scenarios, costs, and financing options.

     
  • PW Solutions: 2014 WaterWorks

    Articles and products focusing on all things Water.

     
  • WRRDA provides for water, sewer, and waterway projects

    The Water Resources Development Act’s recent reauthorization gives local water and sewer authorities two much-needed things: more influence on federal projects that affect their constituents and a new financing option.

     
  • An Infrastructure Vacation

    Assuming I can ever afford to retire, I have two travel fantasies. Both rely on sound infrastructure.

     
  • 4 key strategies to increase recycling

    Here's an overview of what works (and what doesn't) vis-a-vis disposal bans, recycling policies, and pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) service fees.

     
  • Saved! At least through May 31, 2015

    The Highway Trust Fund’s not going broke after all, thanks to a grudging, 11th-hour save by Congress. But pensions are being raided to make it happen.

     
  • Saved! At least through May 31, 2015

    The Highway Trust Fund’s not going broke after all, thanks to a grudging, 11th-hour save by Congress. But pensions are being raided to make it happen.

     
  • APWA Top 10 Leader Tracy Mercer talks technology

    American Public Works Association's 2014 Top 10 Leaders share their favorite on-the-job technologies: L. Tracy Mercer, Clearwater, Fla.

     
  • A worker prepares to install a shrink sleeve over the pipe joint to keep dirt and rock away from the connection as the trench is backfilled. Welding then occurs underground within the buried pipe.

    Efficient pipe placement

    Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) trimmed costs when installing 50 miles of steel pipeline by implementing a time-saving, joint-sealing method.

     
  • South Pipeline 4A Central tunnel boring machine (TBM) is lowered into the tunnel shaft.

    Water supply project finishes $147 million under budget

    Value engineering three major components – treatment, pipeline, and pumping – wrings inefficiencies from water project and holds the line on future rate increases.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund Crisis

    Fifty-three years ago, President John F. Kennedy saw a threat to the nation's future economic growth and security and grabbed the reins of leadership.

     
  • Reducing Risk

    Four years ago, King County, Wash., implemented a project-assessment system that's reducing unpleasant cost and timeline surprises on multimillion-dollar public works projects.

     
 
 
 
 

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