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    Fall is peak season for roadkill. But we can cut the cost and the carnage.

  • VIDEO: Next stop, NYC's new $1.4B transit hub

    The new Fulton Center opened this week, after more than a decade of work. A vital connector between the rebuilt World Trade Center and the rest of the city, it also bridges old and new, past and present.

  • Midterm elections are mixed bag for public works

    Voters in six out of eight states approved measures that will fund much-needed road, water, and sewer system improvements. Here's why there's still a long way to go.

  • Looking at possible stormwater violations?

    Build a training facility instead of paying a fine. Colorado allows for a "supplemental environmental project," so the state DOT expanded its Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor Certification program.

  • City sets higher wages for public projects

    California has begun requiring charter cities to pay at least the state’s prevailing wage on public works projects. Although San Mateo was already doing so, the city council approved an ordinance that codifies the existing policy.

  • Public works rating system explained in plain English

    The American Public Works Association and partners released the Envision checklist two years ago. Here, a global contractor's chief sustainability officer explains why the system's so revolutionary.

  • Localities spend almost as much on roads as states

    Among other findings, this report states the obvious: "The various levels of government should communicate and operate as partners." In the meantime, cities and counties are increasingly taking matters into their own hands.

  • EPA to fund border projects

    Nearly $9 million in grants has been awarded for environmental improvement efforts along the U.S.–Mexico border.

  • Motor City's plan for continuing water, sewer service

    Does going into debt to buy back debt make sense to you? Detroit's arrangement will supposedly save the bankrupt city nearly $250 million via lower interest costs.

  • Relief a year away for drought-ravaged state

    A $1 billion project to convert Pacific Ocean seawater to 50 million gpd of drinking water for Southern California will begin deliveries in about one year, the developer says.