Civil + Structural Engineering News

ARTBA: Trump executive order on WOTUS rule beneficial to transportation permitting process

President Trump’s Feb. 28 executive order directing the withdrawal of the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule removes an unnecessary obstacle that would have delayed transportation improvement projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says.

Project draws on recovery lessons from Hurricane Sandy to improve U.S. resilience and disaster preparedness

Purdue University will lead research to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation’s critical need for more resilient infrastructure and to enhance preparedness.

Michael Baker International awarded contract to reduce LA traffic congestion

Michael Baker International was awarded a $7.6 million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to study the I-605/SR-91 interchange, identify improvements and widen a particularly choked three-mile stretch of westbound SR-91 in Los Angeles.

New York approves $662.9 million for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved $662.9 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to support vital wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. This funding complements Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State proposal to invest a record $2 billion in critical water infrastructure across New York.

U.S. DOT report on highway, transit conditions reveals $926 billion infrastructure investment need

A new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure — 2015 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance — confirms that more investment is needed not only to maintain the nation’s highway and transit systems but to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog.

Report calls for improved methods to assess earthquake-caused soil liquefaction

Several strong earthquakes around the world have resulted in a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, the seismic generation of excess porewater pressures and softening of granular soils, often to the point that they may not be able to support the foundations of buildings and other infrastructure. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates existing field, laboratory, physical model, and analytical methods for assessing liquefaction and its consequences.

Report documents progress and needed investment to move freight programs forward

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) released a national freight infrastructure report, The State of Freight II — Implementing the FAST Act and Beyond, marking the one-year anniversary of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

‘Transformational’ plan to reimagine New York’s bridges and tunnels

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a “transformational” plan to reimagine New York’s crossings for the 21st century. The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels and implement new tunnel barriers to control major floods and seismic measures on bridges, among other actions.

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