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ASCE/Eno report offers recommendations to maximize transportation project funding

Washington, D.C. — Despite the majority of transportation industry practitioners’ agreement that the full cost of a project — including long-term operation and maintenance — should be considered in decision-making, only 48 percent of practitioners said their agencies could effectively predict future costs, according to a survey released as part of a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Eno Center for Transportation (Eno).

Market is ripe for infrastructure investment in U.S., ARCADIS report finds

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — The U.S. is now one of the top 10 most attractive markets in the world for investment in infrastructure, according to a new report from ARCADIS. As the country continues the debate on how to fund much-needed infrastructure, the information in this report draws out key points for new partnering opportunities between public and private investment.

Representatives introduce Urban Flooding Awareness Act

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Urban Flooding Awareness Act to address increased flooding from extreme weather and heavy rainfall events in urban communities. The bill creates an unambiguous and inclusive definition of urban flooding and requires a first-of-its-kind study to comprehensively analyze both individual and societal costs associated with urban flooding across the country.

Ames & Gough acquires Bixby Insurance Agency architects/engineers business

Boston — Ames & Gough, an insurance broker and risk management consultant specializing in serving design professionals, law firms, associations/nonprofits, and other professional service firms, acquired the business of Bixby Insurance Agency, Inc., a Providence, R.I., insurance agency serving architects and engineers throughout New England.

Los Angeles Regional Connector breaks ground

Los Angeles — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx participated in the groundbreaking of the Los Angeles Regional Connector, a key light rail transit segment connecting three existing transit lines in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The two-mile rail segment will offer thousands of area residents more efficient and convenient access to jobs, education, and other ladders of opportunity.

Stanley Consultants opens Boise office

Boise, Idaho — Stanley Consultants opened a new office in Boise, Idaho, at 5983 West State Street, Suite C. The office provides local consulting engineering services in transportation, infrastructure, and construction services and is supported by its nearby Salt Lake City office and the engineering firm’s full spectrum of services.

AASHTO awards top prizes in the Faces of Transportation photo/video contest

Washington, D.C. — Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials. The photographs taken on opposite sides of the country of people interacting with bridges won the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Awards.

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