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  • Cities receive recycling assistance through new program

    Columbia, S.C.; Florence, Ala.; and Richmond, Va., are the inaugural partners in a program that's expected to generate almost $13 million in economic value via more-effective curbside recycling.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • NYC maintenance facility gets new life as community building

    The building, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is set to be part of Brooklyn Bridge Park and will include an environmental education classroom.

     
  • Triad Award Call for Entries

    Hanley Wood’s Commercial Construction Group is seeking entries for the 2015 Triad Award, sponsored by Concrete Construction, The Concrete Producer, and Public Works magazines. This annual award honors outstanding publicly-owned concrete projects that demonstrate innovation, sustainability, and...

     
  • City pilots temporary sidewalk widening

    The Washington, D.C., Georgetown neighborhood is home to three colleges, so imagine the pedestrian traffic during Parents and Family weekends. To alleviate congestion, 16 extra feet of walkway is temporarily added along commercial streets.

     
  • Deadline extended! Cast your vote by Friday!

    Tnemec Co. Inc.'s extended the deadline for voting on Tank of the Year candidates through Fri., Oct. 24. Winners will be highlighted in a 2015 calendar.

     
  • Earn 2.5 continuing ed credit on Oct. 27

    Ohio DOT Pavement Specialist Craig Landefeld, PE, is among the experts who’ll discuss proper alignment and location of dowels in concrete pavement. Course is designed for engineers, construction managers, project managers, and inspectors involved in placement and/or retrofit.

     
  • Drug makers lose challenge to disposal law

    A federal judge says a California ordinance requiring prescription drug manufacturers to take back unused product is legal.

     
  • Public works training for less than $25 per employee

    The American Public Works Association’s “Building the Public Sector: One Leader at a Time” program begins Oct. 31. Large departments will pay even less.

     
  • FREE asphalt pavement design tool

    AASHTO guidelines are simplified so roadways and parking lots can be scoped using basic design parameters and traffic data.

     
 
 
 

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