Fox News: Is there the political will to fix America’s infrastructure?

February 17, 2017 Reaction to the Orrville Dam crisis from Barry LePatner, author of ‘Too Big to Fall,’ and Mayor John Dickert, co-founder of the Alliance for Regional Development.  See the clip here

Barry LePatner is interviewed on CNN to discuss our nation’s infrastructure in light of the failed dam in Orreville, CA.

February 15, 2017 Barry LePatner was interviewed on CNBC by the four hosts of the daily business TV program, “Power Lunch” to discuss the state of our nation’s infrastructure and the news surrounding the failed dam in Orreville, California. The hosts were very savvy on the subject and most interested when he urged the need Read More

Under Scrutiny, States Trim List of Bad Bridges

Oh, if only we could just say it is true and have it become so. Here is yet another blatant attempt by the American Society of Civil Engineers to sugarcoat the serious problems with our nation’s bridge infrastructure. It is bad enough that the ASCE consistently issues an Infrastructure Report Card giving our ailing bridges Read More

LePatner Interviewed on 20/20

Barry LePatner was interviewed on 20/20 this past Friday night on its segment covering “America’s Most Dangerous Bridges.” Citing research from his book, Too Big To Fall on the perilous state of our nation’s infrastructure, LePatner advocated more dedicated funds be allocated toward repair and maintenance, especially for the more than 8,000 structurally deficient and Read More

LePatner appearing on 20/20 Fri Mar 15 at 10pm

I thought that interest in the nation’s infrastructure plight would fall off drastically within a few days of President Obama’s State of the Union address in mid-January where he alluded to the need for more investment to improve the “72,000 structurally deficient bridges” across our nation. Yes, there were the interviews I gave to BBC-TV Read More

LePatner: It’s About Time for “Fix It First”

Fix it first. With these three simple words, in Tuesday night’s State of the Union, President Obama laid out a $50-billion dollar infrastructure plan that would focus on repairing the nation’s most in-need roads and bridges. It was music to the ears of author and infrastructure expert Barry LePatner. “I was very pleased to hear Read More

A Sandy Hurricane Solution When Rebuilding Proceeds

New Yorkers just went through the worst natural disaster in more than 100 years. Experts describe the Sandy Hurricane as a 100 year disaster. Based on recent climatological indications, it seems these once every 100 year disasters are occurring with greater frequency. Sandy has torn apart people’s lives and disrupted business in the Metro Region. Read More

The Coming Economic Recovery

In Barry LePatner’s book, Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets, he wrote that our nation was poised to see tremendous economic growth and cited some impressive facts: the U.S. population would expand from 300 million to 400 million by the year 2045; between 2000 and 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will more Read More

LePatner Op Ed: Keep Public Projects on Budget

As the new year kicks off, signs that our national and state leaders are beginning to finally recognize the job-creating potential that rests with infrastructure investment are rife. No longer are we seeing politicians trying to gain recognition by cancelling billion dollar bridge, road or rail projects, claiming that they will increase the deficit — Read More

City Infrastructure Needs Federal Help

First and foremost  we at the LePatner Blog would like to wish each of you and your families a joyous Thanksgiving. This holiday provides a wonderful opportunity, in these tumultuous times, to stop for a time to reflect on the parts of our lives that bring us joy and love and share those moments with the special Read More

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