“Dire States: the Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure” rolls into Madison on Monday, November 4, 2013, with an event at UW-Madison’s Engineering Hall. Hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with the UW student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Dire States is a nationwide tour powered by Wisconsin-based CASE Construction Equipment aimed at raising awareness to the crumbling state of America’s infrastructure. Bestselling author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol is circumnavigating the country in a 1949 Hudson named “Mrs. Martin” that is as “old, rusty and energy defunct” as America’s infrastructure.
Open to the public, the event begins at 3:30 PM with a panel discussion to follow at 4:30 PM featuring Dan McNichol, Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb, UW-Madison experts and ASCE leaders.
“The challenges facing America’s infrastructure are very real, and the consequences of inaction are dire,” says Jim Hasler, vice president, CASE Construction Equipment — North America. “ASCE gives our nation’s infrastructure a D+ and calls for an estimated $3.6 trillion in investment through 2020 to bring our systems up to modern standards. If we don’t do this, we’ll see significant drops in GDP and adverse effects to jobs, the economy, transportation, public health and safety, and even national defense.
“We are a nation that is still standing on the edge of a fragile recovery, and finding ways to move these projects forward will help create jobs, and spur economic development and prosperity,” adds Hasler. “Dan brings a sharp and informed voice to the discussion and helps shed light on new methods of moving forward with development through his research, and case studies based on his travels and experiences.”