The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* yesterday penned a letter to House T&I Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauding the Committee’s action to move forward with highway authorization efforts. The Invest in America Act is the T&I Committee’s highway reauthorization bill authored by the committee majority. Click here to see our in-depth coverage of the draft bill.

Expressing support for the Committee acting on the bill, the group underscored the importance of passage by the end of the fiscal year (September 30). The group also emphasizes how the bill could aid in long-term economic recovery from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NACA is very appreciative of the robust funding levels in the bill including $319 billion for highways that offers a 42 percent increase over FAST Act levels. Additionally, 100% federal cost share for the first year coupled with the five years of certainty offered by the bill will allow for stability within many transportation industries and State DOTs.”

The group also called on the T&I Committee to work with the Ways and Means Committee to find a sustainable, long-term funding source for the Highway Trust Fund. NACA also expressed support for language supporting resilience with durable, resilient materials, as well as investment in the nation’s bridges as part of the reauthorization package.

The NACA partners also expressed concerns about the bill’s emphasis solely on nature-based infrastructure. “While we recognize that there are opportunities to integrate green infrastructure with traditional gray infrastructure, science and engineering must determine the materials and techniques best able to mitigate risk,” the group wrote, adding, “As such, NACA does not support material preference policies that curtail the decision making or discretion of engineers.”

NACA also urged the Committee to support an incentive-based approach to curbing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases and to reconsider the INVEST Act’s proposal to suspend the recent Hours of Service rulemaking from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration. Click here to see the letter.

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* The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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