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  • Surf's up! (4 miles inland)

    Austin's NLand Surf Park will be housed in a man-made lagoon, where waves replenished by rainwater will crest at 1, 4, and 6 feet. The entire project's expected to take eight months to complete.

     
  • $1.6 billion: EPA's largest-ever Clean Water Act loan

    To protect the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, a California wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded to remove virtually all ammonia. The $2 billion is expected to take eight years.

     
  • Wet wipes maker must prove products are 'flushable'

    The Federal Trade Commission is requiring Nice-Pak Products Inc. to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless the company substantiates that the product disperses in a “sufficiently short amount of time.” This is at least the second legal challenge regarding a major source of...

     
  • State, local DOTs to study congestion pricing

    FHWA is giving five government entities $3 million to evaluate “cordon pricing,” currently used in London and Singapore, and an insurance program that charges users according to mileage driven instead of a flat rate. See who the grant recipients are here.

     
  • Report: Construction disputes take longer, cost less

    The most common causes in North America are contract document errors and/or omissions, differing site conditions, and communication failures (probably caused by the first reason).

     
  • Engineers, contractors have a blast. Literally.

    To test material and soil strength, California's high-speed rail authority detonated four blasts, each with a greater amount of nitrocellulose explosive, on concrete pilings fitted with sensors.

     
  • We're not sure if this is a good or bad thing

    The National Resources Defense Council is tracking each state's efforts to reduce leakage from public drinking water systems. This map is based on American Water Works Association protocol.

     
  • Man vs. electricity vs. bridge vs. train: which will win?

    The Tappan Zee Bridge is being built within yards of a commuter rail line with an electrified third rail without affecting the daily schedule of 50,000 riders. Soil sensors that gauge track movement are among the measures keeping workers safe.

     
  • Largest U.S. high-speed rail contract awarded

    A joint venture between Flatiron, a Hochtief subsidiary, and Dragados USA has received $1.23 billion to build a 60-mile section of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. Construction of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco line is expected to begin in late 2016.

     
  • Ka-BOOM! This bridge is going DOWN

    But in a very controlled fashion. And, since the structure in question is in California, an environmentally friendly one as well. The 18th Caltrans video on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction explains how the agency will take down the largest concrete pier in 6 seconds.

     
  • Local, state travel budgets on the rise

    With budgets finally rebounding from the Great Recession, government is once again investing in employee training and education.

     
  • PA city seeks 4 public works employees

    Bounded on the north and west by the Susquehanna River, Lancaster is within driving distance of Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; New York; Philadelphia; Delaware beaches; and the Jersey shore. Also the seat of Lancaster County, the city calls itself “a place where historic preservation and a...

     
  • Supreme Court ruling creates need for temporary signage guidelines

    The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled on the issue of temporary signs, an often contentious and confusing issue for communities around the country.

     
  • Public works unprepared for climate change

    A new study from Haley & Aldrich, an environmental and engineering consulting firm, reveals inadequate resilience planning by organizations to address natural disasters.

     
  • Registration opens for 2015 Concrete Decor Show

    World-class expertise, education and exhibits dedicated to decorative and architectural concrete.

     
  • Indiana prepares to implement slow down to get around law effective July 1, 2015

    Motorists must now slow down to get around waste and recycling vehicles.

     
  • HERO Program to help homeowners conserve water and energy in 32 California jurisdictions

    Financing helps residents install drought-tolerant landscaping, water-efficient appliances, solar panels, energy-saving windows and more; payments are made through property taxes

     
  • Los Angeles awards lighting retrofit bid

    Los Angeles has selected  LEDioc Retrofit Kits from EYE Lighting to replace thousands of post-top and pendant HID lights.

     
  • Cummins kicks off 2015 Redefining Tour

    Cummins Is Showcasing Technology That Will Redefine The Industry During A Coast-To-Coast Tour This Summer And Early Fall.

     
  • 24 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) announced the recipients of its 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards recently

     
 
 
 
 

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