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TRIP Report Explores Challenges Facing Rural Highways and Roads

The nation’s rural roads, highways and bridges face a $211 billion backlog in needed repairs and improvements. This is one of the key findings in TRIP’s latest report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” which was released Tuesday.

The 48-page publication details state-by-state rural pavement conditions, as well as other information that can benefit industry and public sector stakeholders responsible for planning, funding, building and preserving highways, roads and other surface transportation facilities. 

For more information, including a video report, appendices and other information, please visit TRIP’s dedicated web page

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Letter Urges Support of DOT Relief Funding

A “Dear Colleague” letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) the latest effort by elected officials to inform and persuade Congressional leadership about the critical need for emergency relief for state DOTs. 

Authored by Representatives Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Conor Lamb (D-PA), the letter was co-signed by more than 130 bipartisan members of the House in support of the inclusion of almost $50 billion in emergency relief for State DOTs in the next package of economic relief legislation.

ACPA and a large number of other transportation and construction organizations lobbied in support of this funding measure. This aid is expected to help critical roadway infrastructure projects move forward and prevent further delays and cancellations of important construction and maintenance. Click here to read the letter.

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TCC Opposes FCC Action, Citing Interference with GPS Equipment

ACPA and the other 30 member organizations of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) wrote to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Leaders to express concern with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) acceptance of Ligado Network’s recent application to provide 5G services nationwide.

Specifically, the TCC opposes Ligado’s proposed network, stating, “it would interfere with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other signals used in and around transportation construction sites.”

The letter to Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) further states, ”(n)ew and innovative machines that require signals are critical to the productivity, efficiency, and safety of construction sites. Increasingly, technology is used to survey construction sites, including the location of buried and overhead utilities, to facilitate precision grading, and to enhance material application. It is also used to prevent theft of construction equipment and provide real‐time monitoring for equipment maintenance.”

“Available data shows significant interference from Ligado’s proposed network to many existing GPS receivers,” the letter states, adding, “Such interference with existing signals would be disruptive to the many benefits GPS and other signals bring to construction sites.” Click here to read the letter.

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Chapters Call for DOT and Highway Program Funding

The ACPA chapter affiliates last week sent a letter to House and Senate leadership expressing strong support for immediate relief funding to DOTs and timely action on a multi-year highway reauthorization bill.

The letter was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).

Writing on behalf of the U.S. concrete pavement industry, the chapter affiliates urge “strong support for granting the immediate use of $50 billion in flexible federal funding to offset the significant revenues shortfalls facing state departments of transportation.”

The chapters also call on Congress to suspend any state/local match requirement on federal aid projects (i.e. 100% federal share) for a two-year period and to “take up a multi-year highway reauthorization bill with significant investment increases that provide states with a measure of certainty that can propel our Nation to economic recovery and prosperity.” Click here to view the letter.

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ACPA Supports Campaign to Re-Open, Renew and Revitalize

ACPA is supporting The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and its 31 member organizations in a targeted advertising and awareness campaign designed to encourage Congress to make new infrastructure investments as the major catalyst for economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

The primary message of the campaign is that reopening, renewing and revitalizing the economy starts with passage of a robust, multi-year transportation bill that creates jobs and keeps goods and services like medical supplies quickly moving to their destinations–now and for decades to come, according to a TCC press release.

The campaign’s message is directed at two audiences: legislators and their staffs on Capitol Hill and the four primary leaders who are critical to final passage of infrastructure investment legislation. The leaders are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The campaign features four components: cable TV, digital TV, Facebook ads and digital ads. In support of the campaign, ACPA is posting social media posts on Twitter and Facebook.

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