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  • State finally gets design-build law right

    California passed a law allowing projects to be delivered via design-build more than 20 years ago, then kept tweaking it until no one was sure exactly what was allowed and by whom. A new law clarifies all that.

     
  • FREE winter weather forecast

    Should your public works department be preparing for another polar vortex? Find out by attending this free webinar on Oct. 15.

     
  • Virginia team wins Operations Challenge for fifth time

    City of Franklin and Virginia Beach employees Steve Motley, Steve Poe, Jason Truitt, and Captain Donnie Cagle proved their mastery of wastewater collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance, and safety.

     
  • 16 chosen for national public works training program

    Open only to public works professionals with less than 10 years of experience, the year-long Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training.

     
  • FREE download: Managing flood risk

    An engineering organization blasts Washington's inability to develop a viable mechanism for building and maintaining infrastructure that alleviates flooding. This free report assesses what needs to be done.

     
  • FREE workplace safety assessment tools

    Nearly 11 employees die on the job every day. Use this website's Incident Rate Calculator and other FREE resources to maximize productivity by minimizing injury.

     
  • Bill would provide $5B for local roads

    The Senate wants to give cities and counties more say in how they spend their MAP-21 federal road dollars. Scroll to article's end to support the measure.

     
  • Financing stand-off threatens $3B project

    Already under construction, San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center is now in limbo. Developers and the city are stalled over a new tax increment financing (TIF) proposal.

     
  • 3 months to new OSHA reporting requirements

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, employers will have to report in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours. Will the new requirements have a measurable impact on job safety?

     
  • 4 Solid Waste Innovations

    As the volume of municipal solid waste grows, engineers and officials are looking increasingly toward smarter management. Here are four smart municipal solid waste management innovations.

     
  • Oct. 8: Managing disinfection by-products (DBPs)

    Innovative utility solutions to unexpected challenges stemming from EPA’s Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct Rule (Stage 2 DBPR).

     
  • FREE bridge design guidance

    Roadway alignments and interchanges are becoming more complex. This free technical document explains how to calculate the right fit for skewed and curved steel I-girder bridges.

     
  • Fracking not to blame for tainted water

    Scientists have concluded that fracking isn't linked to the much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas.

     
  • Construction continues on Vermont 'Bridge in a Backpack'

    This innovative bridge construction technique is saving time and money.

     
  • Cities, counties still braking on debt

    Local governments have issued more municipal bonds for the second time in three months. Analysts are divided, though, over what this actually says about city and county finances.

     
  • Buyers beware: Road salt prices are way up

    Communities report prices for the winter-operations necessity are almost 50% higher.

     
  • The states with the best (and worst) highways

    States are spending more on roads and bridges but overall condition hasn't improved much, according to the 21st Annual Highway Report. One possible culprit: high administrative costs.

     
  • L.A. project scores highest sustainability award

    The fourth project to be certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has earned the highest rating level possible. "This evaluation allowed us to benchmark the plan," says Los Angeles County Public Works Director Gail Farber of an eight-project effort to curb flooding.

     
  • How to plan (and pay for) resilient infrastructure

    As climate change continues to raise the threat of natural disasters, more cities and counties are taking on the role of building sustainable infrastructure. But funding these major infrastructure projects is not a simple matter.

     
  • How one person can clean out an entire culvert

    When sediment completely blocked a culvert on his property, Concrete Construction Editor-in-Chief Bill Palmer found this nifty tool online. His wife then proved that it works.

     
 
 
 
 

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