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Caucus weighs user fees, P3, smart investment for infrastructure policy

An Infrastructure Working Group within the 48-member, bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus has issued a new report, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” offering solutions to improve highways, roads and bridges, transit and railways, ports and airports, water and sewer systems, the power grid, plus broadband and communications networks. 

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Yes Virginia: Sound policies equate to top Merit Shop score

Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” takes stock of state policies that influence the success or failure of a free enterprise-based environment for construction companies. It highlights states where merit shop contractors are well-positioned to succeed and calls attention to states where strategic improvements need to be made based on their prevailing wage and project labor agreement (PLA) mandate policies; Right to Work status; commitment to developing a well-trained workforce; career and technical education opportunities; and, use of public-private partnerships (P3s).

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Water, wastewater system report tracks private operator emergence

In the wake of tightening municipal budgets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities. A new Bluefield Research report, U.S. Municipal Water & Wastewater: Defining the Addressable Market for Private Investment, estimates the total market value of 78,000-plus community water and wastewater systems across the U.S. to exceed $700 billion.

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Permeable pavement performs for transportation-wise lawmaker

Sixty Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute members, local design professionals and government officials—led by U.S. Representative David Price (D-NC)— participated in a late-2017 North Carolina State University demonstration of how permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) can help mitigate stormwater runoff peaks and reduce flooding.

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Road Builders: State, local dollars underpin 2018 market bump

After a 2.8 percent year-over-year decline in 2017, total domestic transportation construction and related-market outlays are projected to reach $255 billion this year, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Construction Market Forecast.

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