Provisions of the ACMA-supported IMAGINE Act will be considered for inclusion in major infrastructure legislation expected to be passed early in 2021. The legislation – making substantial investments in roads and highways, water and wastewater, energy and aviation – will be part of a package of bills aiming to provide a strong stimulus for economic recovery.
Congressional leaders want the legislation to drive a significant improvement in infrastructure longevity and decrease life cycle costs. A key House committee chair has called for the construction of highway bridges providing 100 years of service without needing significant maintenance or repair.
The legislation promotes the use of innovative materials, defined to include materials or combinations and processes for the use of materials that enhance the overall service life, sustainability and resiliency of the project or provide ancillary benefits relative to widely adopted state of practice technologies, as determined by the appropriate U.S. Cabinet secretary or agency head.