May 12, 2014
Infrastructure Week 2014 kicked off Monday. The event, which takes place May 12-16, focuses on “emerging solutions, innovative approaches, and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize aging infrastructure,” according to the event’s website.
It features a series of conferences, roundtables, educational seminars and more, which take place Monday through Friday at various locations in Washington, D.C.
The Highway Materials Group announced Monday that it “commends the sponsors of Infrastructure Week 2014,” which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Building America’s Future, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI).
NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson said on behalf of the group that the organizations in the Highway Materials Group are “thrilled” by Infrastructure Week.
“All of us in the Materials Group are thrilled to be joined by such a diverse group of broader business interests, labor groups and individual citizens in calling attention to America’s critical infrastructure needs and the rapidly-approaching Highway Trust Fund fiscal cliff,” Johnson said in a written statement. “It is good when those of us in the business of building infrastructure talk about these important issues and even better when others who rely on that infrastructure to do their jobs, grow their businesses and improve their quality of life talk about them, too.”
The Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the main source of funding for state and local transportation projects, is projected to run out of money this summer — at least a full month before the current highway bill, MAP-21, expires on September 30.
The group noted that it has met with members of Congress in recent months and that during Infrastructure Week the group’s members will coordinate a “Call to Action” in which they will email and call Congressional members to urge them to act before the HTF becomes insolvent.
“There is no time to spare,” Johnson said. “Congress must address the needs of America’s aging infrastructure, which is the foundation of the nation’s economy and interstate commerce, and supports well-paying American jobs and the way of life Americans enjoy.”