October 8, 2021
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: This past week I attended the annual American Society of Civil Engineers Broward Branch Officer Induction and Awards ceremony. While the title is a mouthful, it was a solid reminder of all those hard working civil engineers that go to work every day with the knowledge that 99% of people will never know nor appreciate the work they do. The Project of the Year was the Redundant Force Main project for the city of Fort Lauderdale. This project took two contractors and two engineers 18 months from start to finish to build 7.5 miles of critical infrastructure.
Looking ahead: I’m frankly disgusted with Congress and their inability to pass a fundamental piece of legislation like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Business will grind to a halt and no one wins if infrastructure fails. Great societies have great infrastructure – it’s not a desire, it’s a fact. I can’t see why infrastructure is tied to a larger social agenda. I can’t see why those who are budget hawks would vote against it. Infrastructure, once put in place, pays for itself several times over. Our children and grandchildren deserve better. Let’s hope Congress listens and acts.