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This is Like Pulling Teeth

My father was a dentist, so I know a little bit about pulling teeth. And I can tell you, getting adequate funding for transportation and infrastructure projects through Congress has been like a fight to the finish with a mandibular lateral incisor.

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Keep Highways at Federal Level

Well, here they go again. Once again the idea of turning over the nation’s surface-transportation program to the states has reared its ugly head.

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The Frac Sand Explosion

There is quite a bit of industry buzz right now about “frac sand,” also known as proppant. The product is used in hydraulic fracturing, a process by which frac sand is combined with a viscous gel and forced down oil and gas wells at high pressure to prop open the fractures. Depending on the rock bed that is to be fractured, different pressures are used which form different size fractures. It is in these fractures in the rock bed that frac sand is used.

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The 30-Percent Reduction Charade

NSSGA tells us that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee may unveil its version of the long-awaited surface transportation reauthorization bill the week of the Fourth of July. While the details of the bill are unknown, insiders have told NSSGA to expect reforms to the program, including: program consolidation, expedited project delivery time, enhanced use of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, increased tolling and more public-private partnerships.

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Infrastructure Challenges

America’s infrastructure investment continues to be stifled by pressure to cut federal spending and reduce the deficit. That means cities will have to be more creative and resourceful in securing partnerships to start or continue infrastructure projects, according to a new study, “Infrastructure 2011: A Strategic Priority.” The report, released this month by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, emphasizes the challenge faced by many urban areas trying to provide adequate transportation and infrastructure services for residents, workers and businesses.

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