Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

In case you're wondering why we're canceling service for the day, here's what the heat is doing to our power cables. pic.twitter.com/EqbKUgCJ3K — Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) June 27, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest took a hit from the record-breaking heatwave sweeping the region. Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a […]

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Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

Infrastructure Agreement Includes Replacing 100% of Nation’s Lead Pipes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer According to a White House memo, the new infrastructure bill will remove and replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines that provide water to up to 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and daycares. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the provision would create jobs and […]

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Getting It Right on Infrastructure to Get It Right On Climate

Getting It Right on Infrastructure to Get It Right On Climate

by Miro Korenha, Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet “Infrastructure Week” has transitioned from being the running joke of the inept Trump administration to a tangible opportunity for the United States to fix its bridges and roads while also modernizing its grid and investing in electric vehicles. Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators struck a […]

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#InfrastructureWeek No Longer a Joke After Bipartisan Agreement

#InfrastructureWeek No Longer a Joke After Bipartisan Agreement

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators met with President Biden to reach a deal on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The bulk of the funds will be put toward transportation and “traditional” infrastructure such as bridges, roads, transit systems, and passenger rail. The remainder of the funds will be spent on other infrastructure such […]

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Rethinking Urban Freeways with Rep. Nikema Williams click button

Rethinking Urban Freeways with Rep. Nikema Williams

The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes […]

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Damaged Bridge Halts 1,000 Barges Carrying Agricultural Exports

Damaged Bridge Halts 1,000 Barges Carrying Agricultural Exports

In another sign of America’s aging and vulnerable infrastructure, last Thursday a crack in a bridge over the Mississippi river halted hundreds of cargo ships along the nation’s most significant route for agricultural exports, not to mention that the bridge was shut down to auto traffic causing huge backups on I-40 in Tennessee. 

Why This Matters: First the Colonial pipeline and now this — our nation’s infrastructure is in need of bolstering.

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