Infrastructure in the News: April 22, 2010
Governing wrote about the infrastructure crisis and DOT reported $48.8 billion in highway funds are available to states now. Find out more in this Infrastructure in the News.
Governing: The Looming Infrastructure Crisis
Financial, policy and political problems are hurting efforts to fix our infrastructure.
Reuters: Ash cloud prompts calls for better European railway
A volcanic ash cloud that has grounded flights across Europe has highlighted the region's dependence on air travel and prompted calls for the European Union to develop a better and faster rail network.
DOT: $48.8 Billion in Highway Funds Now Available to States
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $48.8 billion in highway funds is now available to state departments of transportation for federal projects through the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. “With spring and summer highway construction seasons just beginning, these funds will help make it easier for states to put people back to work and begin long-term projects,” said Secretary LaHood.
WWJ: Lansing Proposal Would Allow Big Ticket Public-Private Deals
Lawmakers in Lansing will talk about a new law that could give a boost to a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor. That new law would allow partnerships between the government and private industry for big-ticket items. Sarah Hubbard, a senior vice-president with the Detroit Regional Chamber, thinks the idea is a good one.
Commercial and industrial buildings account for as much as 50% of US energy use.