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TxDOT moves forward with $500 million highway expansion in Austin

The Texas Transportation Commission gave the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approval to begin looking for qualified contractors to tackle a $500 million expansion on US 183 in north Austin.

SAWS using expanded sewer monitoring system

A successful pilot program for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is expanding to encompass the nation’s widest deployment of smart infrastructure in sewer collection systems to lower operating costs by millions of dollars, reduce pressure on rates, and dramatically decrease the risk of sewer overflows.

Haskell’s COO James O’Leary appointed president

In September, Haskell, a global architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and consulting firm, appointed James 'Jim' O’Leary President. O’Leary, who will retain his Chief Operating Officer (COO) title, succeeds Steve Halverson, who has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the past 18 years.

Maryland to deploy Smart Traffic Signals on major regional corridors

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is investing $50.3 million to deploy Smart Traffic Signals that will improve traffic operation and ease congestion for approximately 700,000 drivers per day on 14 major corridors across the state.

Michael Baker completes Seagrass Restoration Project surrounding the Merritt Island Airport

Michael Baker International completed a seagrass restoration demonstration project as part of a larger safety improvement program at Merritt Island Airport in Brevard County, Fla.

VDOT awards state’s largest-ever design-build contract

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) awarded a $409.6 million contract to Granite/Parsons/Corman Joint Venture to widen about eight miles of Interstate 64 and construct a new High Rise Bridge adjacent to the existing span in the Hampton Roads District. The award is the largest design-build contract in VDOT history.

Business and licensing compliance essentials for engineering firms offering post-hurricane recovery services

This year’s hurricanes have devastated numerous areas throughout the United States and engineers will be needed to assess the damage, clean up and rebuild for years to come. However, these emergency conditions do not free engineers and engineering firms from having to meet local licensing and business authorization requirements.

ARTBA Online Learning Center courses approved for PDHs in N.Y., N.C., and Florida

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced that its Online Learning Center (OLC) courses meet New York, North Carolina, and Florida Professional Development Hour (PDH) requirements for engineers seeking re-licensing.

JQ Engineering lends volunteers, pro-bono engineering services for post-Harvey needs

With post-Harvey damage still being assessed and prioritized, team members from JQ’s offices throughout Texas stepped up to help.

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