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  • Pipe-tapping teams beat the clock (video)

    Every year, winning men and women's teams from American Water Works Association state chapters travel to the association's annual conference to see who can tap into a cement-lined ductile iron pipe the fastest. Here are the latest additions to the Pipe Tapping Hall of Fame.

     
  • Discount project pricing effective July 1

    The Greenroads sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction launches new pricing that includes a lower certification fee for projects under $3 million in construction value.

     
  • Caltrans approves rebar for bridges

    New provision expands use of ASTM A1035 beyond pavement use as dowel bars and deformed bars for continuous reinforced concrete.

     
  • Law protects waste-collection employees

    Florida is the fifth state to add garbage trucks to the list of vehicles that drivers must move over a lane to pass.

     
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with public whistleblower

    Five years ago, Edward R. Lane was fired for firing a state legislator on his payroll who wasn’t doing any work. The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously vindicated him.

     
  • Highway Materials Group Lauds Funding Plan

    The Highway Materials Group commends Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Robert Corker (R-TN) on their proposal to ensure future funding of the surface transportation system by increasing the federal motor fuels tax by 12 cents.

     
  • Three highway spending plans that probably won’t work

    MAP-21, the federal surface transportation funding package enacted in 2012, expires at the end of September. The House, Senate, and Obama administration have very different plans for keeping road and bridge construction going in the next fiscal year.

     
  • White House $302B highway cure is ‘fantasy’

    The Obama administration’s proposed successor to MAP-21, the two-year surface transportation package that expires at the end of September, gives roads and bridges 38% more funding. So why do critics call it a “fantasy package”?

     
  • A $17 billion highway spending program

    The House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 (FY15) funding bill gives the U.S. DOT $17.1 billion, and community planning and development $6.2 billion.

     
  • 4 earn top public works credential

    Four individuals will be named Public Works Leadership Fellows at the American Public Works Association’s annual convention in August.

     
  • Long-time road partners earn 2 awards

    A $2.5 billion road reconstruction in Tarrant County, Texas, earned the Texas DOT and infrastructure developer Cintra U.S. (among others) national recognition for environmental stewardship and community relations. The east-west corridor crosses six municipalities and impacts more than 1 million...

     
  • At long last: new water funding

    Water and sewer construction and rehabilitation projects expected to cost $20 million are eligible for funding through a new federal program. In communities with less than 25,000 people, $5 million projects are eligible.

     
  • How the Senate would spend $265B on highways

    The Senate Appropriations Committee's plan would fully fund the federal surface transportation funding package that expires on Sept. 30. But it wouldn't solve the looming Highway Trust Fund shortfall.

     
  • University charges up fleet

    The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Parking & Transportation division has installed two “fast” electric vehicle charging stations.

     
  • An easy way to write a winter ops plan

    Public works departments need to create comprehensive plans covering every aspect of winter operations, a burdensome task when constrained by limited resources. The Ontario Good Roads Association and Salt Institute have developed a FREE online tool for preparing a fully integrated maintenance plan...

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 

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