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  • America: one big pothole

    A former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman took Washington to task for not spending money on the nation’s infrastructure. “Without infrastructure, America would not be the great country that it is,” said Ray LaHood.

     
  • 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.

     
  • No environmental permitting necessary!

    The most recent highway bill directed U.S. DOT to list projects that don’t require full National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. These new categorical exclusions (CEs)  offer excellent partnering opportunities for highway and rail projects.

     
  • How to submerge 16,000 tons of concrete

    In one of the largest U.S. infrastructure projects under construction, a tunnel is being drilled below the Elizabeth River to connect two highways in Virginia. This shows how 350-foot concrete "tubes" are placed.

     
  • Sure, it SOUNDS easy to implement technology ...

    Michigan DOT managed 65 employees, 55 contractor and subcontractor firms, and 500 construction workers on a seven-month freeway reconstruction without issuing a single piece of paper. Having saved $1 million via "e-construction," the agency plans to use the process on 400 more projects.

     
  • Could scrap rubber improve roads in cold climates?

    Many transportation departments add rubber from old tires to asphalt mixes. Once confined to DOTs in warmer climates like the Southwest, the process is now being tested in Michigan.

     
  • It’s down to the wire for 25 public works projects

    The North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum has narrowed a list of 400 projects worth $370 billion to these contenders for 2014 Project of the Year. Last year’s was the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor.

     
  • Attention, Oracle and Esri ArcGIS users!

    This advisory will keep a recent Oracle update from crashing your agency's GIS system.

     
  • Relief on the horizon for thirsty Californians

    Construction’s begun on an ultrafiltration pilot project designed by Brown and Caldwell and built by Integrated Water Services.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
 

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