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  • 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.

  • Can recycled concrete clean your water?

    Passing water through a filter of crushed concrete removes excess phosphorus and prevents the growth of unwanted plant life and algae, say researchers at the University of Southern Denmark.

  • Lawmaker wants to resurrect earmarks

    Washington eliminated the use of earmarks for federally funded transportation projects. That's why, says Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), it's nearly impossible to pass a highway bill.

  • VIDEO: Bridge closing displaces 400 homeless people

    Boston officials closed a visibly deteriorating two-lane bridge after state inspectors deemed it unsafe to carry even a single vehicle at a time. The state DOT used new criteria to assess the structure.

  • Water treatment plant malfunction causes pink water

    Fortunately, there appears to be no major reports of illness.

  • Proposal would virtually eliminate mercury waste

    Dentists wash 4.4 tons of mercury down the drain each year that wastewater utilities must then remove. EPA wants to require dental offices to buy a $700 piece of equipment that removes toxic metals before discharge to public sewers.

  • New minimum wage to cost taxpayers $500 million

    Beginning Jan. 1, federal construction, service, and other contractors have to pay employees at least $10.10 per hour. The Labor Department says higher productivity and lower turnover will offset the increase.

  • VIDEO: Texas DOT's $44 million spider

    Revisions to a Texas highway modernization project will protect the habitat of an endangered spider, but it will cost nearly three times as much.