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  • Locals 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.

  • Thirsty thieves target California fire hydrants

    Local officials have dissolved a Southern California fire agency after it was caught stealing water for a friend of the department head, and as the state continues to face serious drought, fire hydrants are becoming more of a target.

  • Warm-mix asphalt or concrete?

    Warm-mix asphalt may be cheaper initially, but concrete wins on life-cycle costs. According to the Portland Cement Association, that is.

  • The rumble strip ruckus

    DOTs installed thousands of miles of rumble strips to qualify for safety stimulus dollars, and FHWA constantly touts how well this inexpensive surface treatment works in minimizing accidents. Unfortunately, not everyone's a fan.

  • VIDEO: The half-a-million-dollar sink hole

    According to engineers, it was caused by a city-owned storm drain failure.

  • Engineering's where the money's at

    Civil engineers can expect to bring home nearly $2 million in lifetime earnings, says a Washington, D.C., think tank.

  • EPA to Fund Border Projects

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

  • Will Seattle's innovative streetcar plan work?

    Critics say streetcars are virtually useless as public transit, and agencies wrestle with how to effectively integrate them into congested downtowns. Unlike most cities, however, Seattle's would operate in a streetcar-only lane.

  • EPA gives city $67,000 in water support

    The agency's helping the City of Santa Maria, Calif., with Integrated Planning and Permitting Policy (IP3), a relatively new way of managing wastewater and stormwater that won't necessarily pay off in more manageable permits.

  • 5 specifications that concrete producers hate

    You may not agree, but here's how National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Research and Engineering Standards committee members responded to a recent survey.