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  • President Obama’s second stimulus package

    In 2009, the Build America Bond program was launched to jump-start the economy via road- and water-system construction. Six year later, the Qualified Public Infrastructure Bond (QPIB) could pick up where the first stimulus package left off.

     
  • The trouble with tunnels

    Tunnel construction in Seattle and Columbus are at a standstill, while officials in Las Vegas are celebrating the completion of a 7-year project.

     
  • The greening of civil infrastructure

    Recycled industrial materials are increasingly finding their way into transportation infrastructure. This takes advantage of manufacturing byproducts and reduces the use of resources.

     
  • Public works partnership saves 3,500 jobs

    The U.S. Defense Department is cutting costs however it can. If your community is near an active military base, the public works department can protect the installation from "Base Realignment and Closure."

     
  • Bad design caused Bay Bridge troubles

    When approved in 1998, the San Francisco Bay Bridge was the largest self-anchored suspension span. Public engineers who warned the design would be a nightmare were outvoted by a panel of "experts."

     
  • VIDEO: What all bad bosses have in common

    Investor Barbara Corcoran, of the TV show "Shark Tank," explains how to drain employees of the energy and excitement necessary to solve problems. (It's hurting your productivity, too.)

     
  • Coming soon to a city near you: road design

    This is a list of dates and locations for Greenroads training through April. This sustainability rating system applies to both new and rehabilitated asphalt and concrete pavement.

     
  • States, cities to issue $357B for public works projects

    "We've put off maintenance for years," says the commissioner of Atlanta's Public Works Department of the $250 million the city's spending on roads, bridges, and other projects in 2015. Now, after years of budget balancing, it appears government coffers are opening once again.

     
  • Stormwater fees may have influenced governor race

    Maryland's governor-elect wants to repeal a law that funds stormwater improvements, but how utilities are going to pay for them without it remains to be seen.

     
  • World's largest dump truck

    This behemoth hauls almost 500 tons. Buy one of these and use it as a single snow-storage yard!

     
  • Cybersecurity laws include infrastructure

    One of five cybersecurity bills that President Obama signed into law last month addresses cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

     
  • FREE technical articles on water system operations

    The American Water Works Association has helped utility managers improve treatment and distribution since 1881. Now articles from its monthly journal can be downloaded for free.

     
  • Water testers seek source of E.coli contamination

    Why would bacteria levels in a stream that starts with mountaintop snow and flows through untouched forests be 19 times greater than the state limit?

     
  • Fleet vendors renews GSA contract

    The U.S. General Services Administration has renewed an automatic tire chain systems manufacturer’s contract for five years.

     
  • Utility’s award-winning water reuse program

    A Water Purification Demonstration Project will enable the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department to supply 83 million gallons per day of drinking water locally by 2035.

     
  • Justice Department Files Statement of Interest regarding Title II Service Animal Regulation

    The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest today (1/26/15) in Alboniga v. School Board of Broward County, Florida, No. 14-60085 (S. D. Fla.), to clarify that the Department's title II regulation generally requires public entities, such as schools, to permit individuals with...

     
  • Ventura County eliminates water pollutants with innovation infiltration system

    To prevent contaminants from polluting the community's water, Ventura County's Public Work's Watershed Protection Agency designed an innovative approach that has changed the way we deal with environement elements such as rain.

     
  • County earns public works accreditation

    Congratulations to the men and women who work for this California agency, which just became accredited by the American Public Works Association.

     
  • The not-so-new go-to bridge design

    A European design introduced in the 1970s is rapidly gaining favor among U.S. bridge engineers. Cable-stayed bridges go up fast and cost less than many alternatives.

     
  • FG 300 turnpike grade curb system from Pexco

    When continuous curb isn’t necessary (or costs too much), these raised lane separators with upright channelizer posts effectively divide traffic lanes.

     
 
 
 
 

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