By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
The 7th annual “Infrastructure Week” promoted “the importance of infrastructure as an issue impacting all Americans.” The nationwide public awareness campaign, May 13-20, consisted of more than 100 events, including meetings, webinars, project site tours, and networking opportunities, as well as advocacy directed at Congress by more than 520 affiliates, including ARTBA. Founding sponsors of the event include ARTBA members HNTB, AECOM and WSP.
The 2019 theme of “Build for Tomorrow” was shared in social media posts by businesses, unions and non-profit organizations to highlight the state of our nation’s transportation infrastructure – roads, bridges, rails, ports, and airports – plus water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and telecommunications. It promoted the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.
Infrastructure Week coincided with ARTBA’s annual Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In, which featured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Federal Highway Administration Administrator Nicole Nason, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a bipartisan panel of first-year members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and top transportation industry executives sharing their views on prospects for the next federal highway/transit investment bill.