Infrastructure

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Note from the editor

The country's need for strong infrastructure has long been at the center of debate in Washington, D.C. In early November, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion spending package that includes $550 billion in new funding for infrastructure.

In the months following the IIJA becomming law, major projects have been proposed, as civil builders await the huge influx of cash. At the same time, the demand created by the new projects could lead to higher wages and exacerbate the existing labor shortage.

Here is a look at some of Construction Dive's recent coverage on infrastructure.

How firms are preparing for an influx of civil spending

Contractors are tracking IIJA funds as they begin to flow to agencies, but experts caution it's still too early to count on new infrastructure work.

• Published Dec. 8, 2021

Infrastructure act will pump $3B into nation's ailing dams

While not sufficient to cover all needed repairs and upgrades, the new legislation marks a massive investment into hydropower and dam safety.

• Published Dec. 7, 2021

Infrastructure act likely to spur higher construction wages

An influx of civil spending will bring skyrocketing demand for a shrinking labor pool, industry experts told Construction Dive.

• Published Nov. 18, 2021

Despite a focus on driver safety, IIJA also includes road worker protections

The spending package mentions the word "safety" 711 times, but it almost always refers to motorists. Knowing where to look in the text, one expert says, will be the key to protecting road builders.

• Published Dec. 16, 2021

One Federal Decision will save time, money in infrastructure permitting

The IIJA has reinstated the streamlined environmental review process for major infrastructure projects, first established in a Trump-era executive order.

• Published Dec. 15, 2021

Public contractor backlog weathers ups, downs during the pandemic

Companies that cater to oil and gas have struggled, while those in sectors like warehouses and infrastructure experienced a boost in new work.

• Published Dec. 13, 2021

Major portion of $1.3B Chicago 'L' overhaul is complete

• Published Dec. 14, 2021

How infrastructure is changing in the construction industry

The country's need for strong infrastructure has long been at the center of debate in Washington, D.C. In the months following the IIJA becoming law, major projects have been proposed, as civil builders await the huge influx of cash.

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  • How firms are preparing for an influx of civil spending
  • Infrastructure act will pump $3B into nation's ailing dams
  • Major portion of $1.3B Chicago 'L' overhaul is complete
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.