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  • There'll Be Hell to Pay When the Well Runs Dry

    A U.S. representative urges his colleagues to dedicate 1% of the nation's GDP (that's $160 billion) to fixing the nation's infrastructure. He's tired of Congress playing kick-the-can with assets that are vital to global competitiveness.

  • State Supreme Court Upholds Utility's Stormwater Fee

    Thanks to the court's ruling, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District can restart a regional stormwater management program that was suspended when eight communities challenged the district's stormwater fee structure.

  • City Issues $2M in Bogus Speed Camera Tickets (with video)

    Chicago uses cameras to monitor driver speed and behavior in intersections. Under fire for improper ticketing procedures, the city's refunding at least 23,000 that shouldn't have been issued.

  • $648M Toll Road Begins Construction Despite Opposition

    Elected officials in North Carolina are squaring off against citizens who say widening an existing highway is preferable to a tollway designed, built, and operated by a Spanish company.

  • U.S. House Rejects $325B Highway Bill Amendment

    The trucking and railway industries have fought for years over the legal weight of commercial trucks. The latter won this round when an amendment that would have increased allowable weight by 14% was shot down.

  • OSHA Could Increase Fines by 82%

    OSHA hasn't changed its fines structure since 1990. If the agency aligns them with the Consumer Price Index, a violation formerly worth $7,000 would be $12,740.

  • City to Fire Up World's Largest Gasification Unit

    Gasification turns biomass-based material into synthetic fuel gas without incineration. In a deal with PHG Energy, a Tennessee public works department will reuse tens of thousands of tons of sewer sludge, used tires, and wood waste.

  • Sinkhole (Almost) Devours IHOP Pancake House

    A sinkhole half the size of a football field swallowed an estimated 15 vehicles parked outside a just-opened International House of Pancakes restaurant in Meridian, Miss.

  • Super-Strong Bridge Should Last 5 Times Longer

    Ultra-high performance concrete is supposedly maintenance-free and lasts up to 200 years. A county roads department installed the bridge because contractors were at a loss on how to bid on the relatively new technology.

  • Teen Truckers, Coming to An Interstate Near You

    Industry lobbyists have gotten provisions into the highway bill that safety groups say will make the roads more dangerous.