It is well reported that there is a need for federal and state investment in transportation, public buildings, water systems, and other vital infrastructure. Not only does it ensure secure and safe systems, but it is also essential to creating good jobs and economic recovery.

Across the country, states are leveraging technological innovations to help build smart, connected infrastructure for the future.

One example comes out of Texas. Connecting Houston and North Texas, Texas Central is developing a new high-speed train, which is a crucial way to advance public and business interests. The organization says the project is also generating $36 billion in direct economic impact over 25 years and creating 10,000 jobs each year of construction, with 1,500 permanent jobs once operational.

The 200 mph train will provide a 90-minute trip between destinations and leverages cutting-edge technology and innovation to provide a safe, reliable, and productive trip.

This project demonstrates how technological innovation is being leveraged to build smart, connected infrastructure. At the same time, those working on these types of projects are also leveraging technology to ensure projects are completed in a manner that is safe and efficient.

For instance, Woolpert is working to conduct an evaluation and process data to maintain safe roadways in Virginia. It is conducting a random sampling of more than 40 assets on roadways throughout the state, including guardrails, signs, pavement markers, ditches, and fences.

This type of information will allow the state to identify assets in need of repair, and understand whether funds are being appropriately allocated.

While these are two examples, infrastructure projects are ramping up around the globe, providing safe and secure systems for the future.

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