Grants, Loans & User Fees

  • DOT awards $600 million for infrastructure projects

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded $600 million in grants to help finance 46 transportation projects throughout the nation. These grants generated through the 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) is a step forward in overcoming federal funding...

     
  • PW Solutions: 2014 WaterWorks

    Articles and products focusing on all things Water.

     
  • Houston thieves are stealing sewer grates

    The problem has gotten so bad city officials have approved funding for locks.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 3 reasons future transportation funding will be private

    Here's why financing for your agency's next big transportation project may not come from traditional sources.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund woes: the word on the street

    As lawmakers scramble to come up with a solution that will prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going broke next month, officials, experts, and pundits have been weighing in on social media. Here's a look at the latest comments.

     
  • Why the Highway Trust Fund is doomed to go broke

    A proposal to raise $164 billion over 10 years won’t pass in time to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke by the end of August. And the White House doesn’t support it.

     
  • Mitigating a high-risk project

    Most people wouldn’t consider building a trail particularly risky. But like any project there are inherent challenges that, if not addressed, will slow construction and increase costs.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey: In-house help wanted (finally)

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • A little $ help from your friends

    Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help get projects funded.

     
  • Highway Materials Group Lauds Funding Plan

    The Highway Materials Group commends Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Robert Corker (R-TN) on their proposal to ensure future funding of the surface transportation system by increasing the federal motor fuels tax by 12 cents.

     
 
 
 
 

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