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  • Marathon a day keeps waterborne diseases at bay

    The 33-year-old co-founder of Activewater ran one marathon each day for 100 consecutive days to raise money for a clean water-and-sewer project. Talk about a sense of mission!

  • Need a new bridge? Fire up a 3D printer

    Plans are under way to build the world's first 3D printed pedestrian bridge. Hey, if it works for clothes and cars, why not infrastructure?

  • Six states raise gas tax to fund road, bridge projects

    To plug the gap between available funding and infrastructure needs, these six states have begun charging drivers anywhere from 0.35 cents to 7 cents more for a gallon of gas. (One state, though, lowered its gas tax.)

  • Residents and roundabouts: a love-hate relationship

    What IS it with American drivers and traffic circles?! European motorists have no problem with the concept, but every U.S. project inevitably faces resistance.

  • 27 states sue EPA over Clean Water Act 'expansion'

    For decades, local and federal regulators have argued over what constitutes a 'water of the U.S.,' even asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in. With its latest ruling, states say EPA's overstepped its bounds and are taking action.

  • Seven super-cool public parking facilities

    These award-winning programs show what happens when the need to stash vehicles while people are shopping, eating, and play is considered an asset instead of a liability.

  • Joint venture to tackle $1B bridge replacement

    Also known as the Potomac River Bridge, the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge's two lanes are only 11 feet wide each with no shoulder. To alleviate congestion and enhance safety, the Maryland Transportation Authority is replacing the continuous truss structure.

  • Public utility busts actor Tom Selleck for stealing water

    The Calleguas Municipal Water District in drought-stricken California paid a private investigator $20,000 to prove the "Magnum, P.I." and "Blue Bloods" television star has been watering his 60-acre ranch by (illegally) tapping into a local fire hydrant.

  • The greatest engineering feat you've never heard of

    Before Columbus discovered the New World, South American engineers built a 4,000-mile mountainous roadway without a single arch. Portions of the Capac Ñan network, which runs from Columbia to Chile, are still used.

  • An overnight engineering success after 84 years

    Fred Ogden says his team's new model for predicting groundwater movement is more reliable and less complex than Lorenzo Richards' famous 1931 equation.