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  • Combined sewer overflow project wins engineering award

    A steep hill in Covington, Ky. down which 6 million gallons of rain poured onto a highway turns from liability into a highly effective stormwater pollution prevention solution.

     
  • DBO water contracts increasingly popular

    At least three West Coast cities are using design-build-operate (DBO) to deliver critical water and sewer upgrades. The methodology is also popular with engineering awards judges.

     
  • Water systems plagued by age, supply shortages

    The American Water Works Association's FREE state-of-the-industry analysis shows the water and wastewater sectors have shifted focus from economic recovery back to the same old problem: financing improvements to aging systems.

     
  • 5 principles for ‘post-industrial’ public works

    A City College of New York architecture professor says architects, engineers, urban planners, and public officials need to think at the systems level to most effectively revamp the nation's outdated infrastructure.

     
  • Help wanted: where the public works jobs are

    A Brookings Institution report shows that those at the lower-paying end of the infrastructure workforce tend to earn more than those at the bottom of other fields, and projects huge growth in occupations like plumbing and renewable energy installers and techs.

     
  • A modern-day 'China Syndrome'?

    Not quite. But China does want to build an underground, high-speed rail crossing to the U.S. A trip on the 13,000-kilometer "China-Russia-Canada-America" line would take two full days at 220 mph.

     
  • Cities and states are hiring again

    Half the respondents to a Center for State and Local Government Excellence survey hired more people last year than they did in 2012, but the same percentage also reports that more employees are retiring.

     
  • First U.S. electro-magnetic suspension rail line

    American Maglev Technology proposed financing and building the 13.8-mile, $300 million system between Orlando International Airport and the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in 2012. The company was the Florida DOT's only bidder.

     
  • Red-light camera program manager arrested

    The employee who ran Chicago's red-light camera program has been arrested on federal charges related to the investigation of an alleged $2 million bribery scheme involving the city's longtime vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems.

     
  • Do you work in a solar city?

    Since 2002, the U.S. has increased its installed solar photovolatic capacity by a factor of 200. Which cities are leading the way?

     
  • Hawaii spends $117M on project oversight

    The Honolulu Rapid Transit Authority has awarded two major contracts worth a total of $117.2 million to oversee construction of the city's $5.16 billion rail transit project.

     
  • State emergency agency reselects grant partner

    Mississippi's had 21 major disaster declarations since the year 2000. Since then, this firm has helped obtain $3 billion in FEMA Public Assistance grants for debris removal and other restoration.

     
  • Are you spending more (or less) on consultants?

    We're gathering information for our annual analysis of how public works departments use engineering, design, planning, and other service firms.

     
  • Now THAT is resilient!

    Superstorm Sandy wreaked infrastructure havoc all along the East Coast in October 2012 but didn’t dent the credit ratings of New York State transportation agencies, says Standard & Poor's.

     
  • Report: PVC fails less than any other pipeline material

    A second Utah State University study of PVC pipe performance in water and wastewater systems affirms the material’s 100-year lifespan. Previous research by the university’s Buried Structures Laboratory showed the pipe fails less often than ductile iron, cast iron, steel, concrete, and asbestos...

     
  • Six pontoons head for 'floating bridge' (slideshow)

    "In the coming months, the public will start to see the new floating bridge take shape as we begin to align, join, and anchor the pontoons together on Lake Washington," says Washington State DOT Program Director Julie Meredith.

     
  • Cities sued for not preventing flooding

    A major insurance company has filed suits against 200 Chicago-area communities for last year's flood-related claims, saying that public works agencies should've done more.

     
  • A 4-ACRE green roof?!

    Don't know if it's the world's largest, but a roof that directs rainwater to a 360,000-gallon collection tank helped Nashville's Music City Center earn LEED Gold certification.

     
  • 5 major U.S. public-private partnerships

    Assets involved: 575 bridge replacements, one new bridge, one light-rail line, and 15 highway interchanges.

     
  • VIDEO: Construction accident destroys major overpass

    California DOT closed the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas when a bridge under construction caught fire and collapsed onto the road below. Fueled by winds that have been plaguing the state, sparks from blowtorches ignited the structure's falsework.

     
 
 
 

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