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HNTB Supports President Trump's Calls for Greater Investment in America's Infrastructure


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Statement from Ananth Prasad--HNTB's transportation-practice leader--in:
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(PRASAD):
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AS THE TRUMP-ADMINISTRATION GETS UNDERWAY, THERE'S AN ISSUE THAT CAN CREATE A POINT OF UNITY: INVESTING IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE.  THE PRESIDENT CAN LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY BUILD BRIDGES THAT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.  THE PRESIDENT HAS VOWED TO INVEST GREATLY TO RESTORE, OR UPGRADE, OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE.  THIS IS A PROMISING DEVELOPMENT--ESPECIALLY SINCE IT COMES AS MANY STATES AND MUNICIPALITIES HAVE, THEMSELVES, RECENTLY COMMITTED TO MAJOR TRANSPORTATION-INVESTMENTS.  WITH A POWERFUL, ONE-TWO PUNCH--OF FEDERAL-DOLLARS, AND STATE- OR LOCAL-DOLLARS--AMERICA CAN REPOSITION ITS TRANSPORTATION-INFRASTRUCTURE, FOR THE FUTURE.  AND YET, THERE'S ONE MAJOR CHALLENGE: SPENDING MONEY IN THE RIGHT WAYS.  HOPEFULLY, THE PRESIDENT'S PROGRAMS WILL LEAD TO MORE-PREDICTABLE AND -SUSTAINABLE FUNDING FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION-INFRASTRUCTURE--NOT JUST FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, BUT FOR THE NEXT 40.  WHILE INCREASED FEDERAL-INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE IDEAL, IT'S LIKELY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION'S SUPPORT WILL TAKE THE FORM OF ENCOURAGING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS--SUCH AS TOLL-ROADS.  OTHER SUPPORT COULD INCLUDE LOOSENING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, AND REMOVING OTHER RED-TAPE.  UNTIL A FUNDING-SOURCE CAN BE IDENTIFIED, THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS ON THE TABLE."



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