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Oberstar’s Bill Praised by Mayors, Engineers

6:02 PM EDT on June 18, 2009

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are out with statements this afternoon hailing House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar's (D-MN) new federal transportation proposal.

The mayors like Oberstar's creation of a dedicated metropolitan-area program, while the engineers are most concerned with getting a higher level of reliable funding in place. Quoth ASCE President D. Wayne Klotz:

At a time when American's arespending more than 4.2 billion hours a year stuck in traffic and more than onein four of the nation's bridges are deficient, it is obvious that our roads,bridges and transit systems are in desperate need of leadership and investment,"said ASCE president D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE. "ASCE believesthat." With SAFETEA-LU set to expire on September 30, the release of HouseTransportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar's blueprint is a more-than-welcome beginning.

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