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  • RIP Columbia River Crossing project

    After nearly $190 million spent in nearly a decade or project development, Oregon legislators have decided to shelve the Columbia River Crossing. What now?

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    VIDEO: Building collapse kills 2, injures 22

    One day before a gas leak leveled two New York City buildings, a think tank revealed that Con Edison's 6,300 miles of steel and cast-iron mains are 56 years old. That's nothing compared to the city's sewers. Average age: 84 years.

  • The top 15 Complete Streets communities

    Almost 500 municipalities have adopted Complete Streets policies, and every year the National Complete Streets Coalition releases a list of the best ones. Click here to learn how to address the thorniest aspect of such efforts: parking.

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    Florida DOT approves polypropylene pipe

    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) announced today that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has approved the use of ADS’ High Performance (HP) polypropylene (PP) pipe.

  • EYE Lighting publishes new lighting guide for cities and municipalities

    EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls and related lighting systems, has published a new guide for those involved in the specification, selection, approval, installation and maintenance of lighting products and systems in cities and municipalities.

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    Code violations created a death trap

    The EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Okla., in 2013 killed dozens of people. Members of a special American Society of Civil Engineers team sent to analyze the wreckage are reporting construction flaws including roof beams not attached to walls and improper wall construction.

  • Company owes city $20,000 for sewer damage

    A manufacturer of malt used to make beer is going to compensate Great Falls, Mont., for corrosion caused by high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas.

  • Superstorm Sandy rebuild leader steps down

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio accepts Kathryn Mallon's resignation, saying "I'm not comfortable that so many people have not been able to get back to their homes."

  • Get 2 CEUs for $25 on March 20

    The fourth of a five-part series presented by the National Precast Concrete Association and American Concrete Pavement Association covers fabricating and installing jointed precast panels for pavement repair and rapid reconstruction projects.

  • Americans are recycling less

    According to EPA's latest analysis of solid waste trends, Americans recycled 0.2% less in 2012 than in 2011. That doesn't mean, however, that the amount of waste going into landfills has increased, says a prominent industry group.

  • Whistleblower awarded damages

    An Idaho jury has awarded $56,000 in damages to an excavation crew foreman who alleged that he was fired for reporting safety violations on a highway construction project.

  • AASHTO approves geogrid software

    Third party confirms product meets American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials standards for Geosynthetic Reinforcement of Aggregate Base Course of Flexible Pavement Structures.

  • Three recipients selected to receive APWA Snow and Ice Control Awards

    Three city public works agencies have been selected to receive the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2014 national Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Awards.

  • Three tips I picked up at Traffic Expo

    The American Traffic Safety Services Association’s 40th annual convention – Traffic Expo – convened last week. Here are my top take-aways.

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    Federal minimum wage hike no big deal

    The $10.10 hourly rate that President Obama recently signed into law is going to help roughly 3 percent of the people working for nearly 8 million federal contractors.

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    Another winter storm casualty: trees

    Salt corrodes cars. Ice breeds potholes. Snow is inconvenient. Public works departments will have to deal with the damage and death of publicly owned green assets once the polar vortex is no longer with us.

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    Plumber unearths mammoth tusk

    You never know what you'll find when you start digging. In London, it was 20,000 human remains. In Seattle, you get the remains of ice age animals.

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    5 ways to revive civil engineering

    Engineers make civilization possible. They design roads, keep drinking water safe, and solve environmental problems. With fewer people entering the profession, where does that leave infrastructure?

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    Gas tax increase not in the cards

    Here we go again. The Highway Trust Fund will go broke Oct. 1 without some sort of Congressional intervention, but key legislators are shooting down suggestions to raise the per-gallon federal gas tax for the first time in 21 years.

  • In memoriam: APWA Past President George Crombie

    Public works professionals are mourning the loss of APWA Past President George R. Crombie, who passed away earlier this week.


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