Washington D.C.— Despite a late season burst of winter weather, Jeff Duplantis, Senior Project Manager for Constantine, along with more than 200 other ASCE members from 49 states, descended on Capitol Hill to advocate for infrastructure and the civil engineering community. Armed with their everyday civil engineering experiences, issues briefings from the ASCE Government Relations team, and insight from keynote speakers, Fly-In attendees spent Wednesday afternoon advocating for transportation, water and water resources infrastructure as well as maintaining tax exemptions for municipal bonds.
ASCE members met with roughly 260 congressional offices. Jeff was able to meet with Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves as well as staff from Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy’s offices. The timing of the Flyin couldn’t have been better with the release of ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card occurring the week before. Unfortunately, the grades didn’t change very much from the previous report card and America again received a D+. One of the messages that Jeff tried to get across was that there are solutions to addressing our aging infrastructure but that they will require 1) increased, long term, consistent investment 2) bold leadership and planning, and 3) resilient and sustainable approaches, materials and technologies.