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Host: Scott LaMar

PA's infrastructure needs -- does Trump plan help?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 15, 2018 4:36 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 15, 2018:

When President Trump was campaigning for office, one of his promises was to upgrade and modernize the nation's infrastructure.  The word "crumbling" would usually precede infrastructure.

It was an issue that in a country often divided along party and political lines, there was agreement that roads, bridges, dams and the power grid were outdated and in need of repair and modernization.  Both sides also thought of infrastructure as a major jobs creator too.

Earlier this week, Trump released details of a $1.5 trillion plan that relies heavily on state and private money to get paid for.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has been calling for improvements to the nation's infrastructure for the past two decades.  Every few years, the organization issues a report card.  Last year, the nation got a D+.  The last report for Pennsylvania's infrastructure was in 2014 and the state was graded with a C-.

We discuss the president's infrastructure plan and Pennsylvania's infrastructure needs on Thursday's Smart Talk with Kristina Swallow, President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Gregory Scott, Chairman of the ASCE's Pittsburgh Section Government Relations Committee and Robert Lathum, Executive Vice President at Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and with the PA Highway Information Association.

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Robert Lathum, Executive Vice President at Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and with the PA Highway Information Association, and Kristina Swallow, President of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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