Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Long-time road partners earn 2 awards

    A $2.5 billion road reconstruction in Tarrant County, Texas, earned the Texas DOT and infrastructure developer Cintra U.S. (among others) national recognition for environmental stewardship and community relations. The east-west corridor crosses six municipalities and impacts more than 1 million...

  • At long last: new water funding

    Water and sewer construction and rehabilitation projects expected to cost $20 million are eligible for funding through a new federal program. In communities with less than 25,000 people, $5 million projects are eligible.

  • How the Senate would spend $265B on highways

    The Senate Appropriations Committee's plan would fully fund the federal surface transportation funding package that expires on Sept. 30. But it wouldn't solve the looming Highway Trust Fund shortfall.

  • Seismic Repairs on the Oakland Bay Bridge

    The Bay Bridge project, which included removing and replacing a one-mile stretch of I-80 in San Francisco as well as building a transition structure at Yerba Buena Island between the eastern and western spans, is one of the largest public works projects in U.S. history.

  • Can public works departments really do it all?

    Some feel government has overextended expectations during good times.

  • An easy way to write a winter ops plan

    Public works departments need to create comprehensive plans covering every aspect of winter operations, a burdensome task when constrained by limited resources. The Ontario Good Roads Association and Salt Institute have developed a FREE online tool for preparing a fully integrated maintenance plan...

  • Will new emissions regs force you to raise water, sewer rates?

    EPA released its plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30% on Monday to mixed reviews. How your utility feels about them depends on what state you’re in.

  • DBO water contracts increasingly popular

    At least three West Coast cities are using design-build-operate (DBO) to deliver critical water and sewer upgrades. The methodology is also popular with engineering awards judges.

  • Water systems plagued by age, supply shortages

    The American Water Works Association's FREE state-of-the-industry analysis shows the water and wastewater sectors have shifted focus from economic recovery back to the same old problem: financing improvements to aging systems.

  • 5 principles for ‘post-industrial’ public works

    A City College of New York architecture professor says architects, engineers, urban planners, and public officials need to think at the systems level to most effectively revamp the nation's outdated infrastructure.