On December 5, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. The conference report was approved overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-65 and an equally impressive tally of 83-16 in the Senate. A comprehensive five year/$305 billion surface transportation authorization, this law is the culmination of a decade of 36 short-term extensions. NSPE has long urged Congress to pass a long-term infrastructure bill. The passage of the FAST Act will enable PEs to properly plan, design, implement, construct, operate and maintain our nation's infrastructure systems without lurching from one-short-term extension to another. NSPE lauds Congress for finally enacting a long-term bill that will benefit the public health, safety and welfare.