Shrugs and intrigue: Alabama reacts to billions of dollars it will get in federal infrastructure package

By Associated Engineering Press

Allen Parrish, executive director with the Alabama Transportation Institute and a professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said the idea that there will be “radical transportation in road building projects will be tough” because the federal package includes non-traditional infrastructure investments. He added, “You might say $1 trillion will pay for anything. But I don’t think it’s big enough. The problem you run into with road building projects is that it’s complicated, they are hard to do and take years (to complete) and are politically complex. To achieve transformative gains in that space, you have to pour on the money.”

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: November 12, 2021    /    Posted in:   Centers, Engineering, Faculty and Staff, In The News    /    Features: