US Rep. Frank Guinta introduces bill encouraging 3-D tech in road & highway design & construction

“3D technology works.  So let’s put it to work for all Americans.”

(WASHINGTON – June 6, 2011)    We depend on computer technology in our lives every day, from making online banking transaction to ordering DVD’s online.  Why not use it to improve design and construction of the roads and highways we rely on, too?  U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) thinks it’s an idea whose time has come.

Guinta introduced H.R. 2089, “to encourage the use of advanced technologies with respect to transportation projects that receive Federal funding...”  Simply put, the bipartisan-backed bill encourages the use of three-dimensional computer technology (3D) in the design and construction of federally-funded road and highway projects.

An average highway construction project can take years from planning to finish, and can sometimes result in hundreds of millions of cost overruns. Using 3D technology can produce a significant saving of time and money.  [Sources: Federal Highway Administration, November 2008; National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission report, December 2007.]  

“In case after case across the country, 3D technology cuts construction costs, shortens construction time and improves roadway quality.  In a time when federal revenue is very limited, we must stretch every tax dollar and get the most from it.  This technology does that.  It’s good for the taxpayer, good for the engineering and construction crews that design and build our highways, and good for the people who travel on them.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  We’ve seen that 3D technology works,” Guinta added.  “So let’s put it to work for all Americans.”

Original co-sponsors of the bill include Representatives Russ Carnahan (D, MO-3), Steve Cohen (D, TN-09), Thomas Petri (R, WI-6), Heath  Shuler (D, NC-11) and Albio Sires (D, NJ-13).

The legislation has been referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which Guinta serves.