Building OK'd for prefabricated concrete for Ind. bridge | Initial concrete spans placed on Pensacola Bay Bridge | Funding secured to repair Hartford parking garage
February 19, 2018
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Building OK'd for prefabricated concrete for Ind. bridge
The East Chicago, Ind., Plan Commission has approved the construction of a 24,600-square-foot, single-story, precast facility where prefabricated concrete segments will be made for the Cline Avenue Bridge. Sheltered from the weather, workers will be able to make 627 of the bridge's 685 prefabricated segments inside the facility.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (2/18) 
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Initial concrete spans placed on Pensacola Bay Bridge
The first two concrete spans were cast in place on the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida. The bridge is expected to open in September 2019 with 105 spans each on the eastbound and westbound lanes.
NorthEscambia (Fla.) (2/18) 
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Funding secured to repair Hartford parking garage
The Connecticut State Bond Commission approved $5 million for waterproofing concrete and embedded steel in a downtown Hartford parking garage, as well as other repairs. Seeping water has damaged the 1,300-space Church Street Garage.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (2/17) 
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$1.1B road connecting Pa. Turnpike almost finished
A project to connect Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township should wrap up this year. The $1.1 billion project has been planned for decades.
Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.) (2/18) 
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Technology & Trends
Microtoppings offer room for creativity
Polymer-based microtoppings, also known as skim coats, allow concrete contractors to be creative. The ultrathin overlays are less expensive than stampable or self-leveling concrete layers but must be prepared for and applied properly.
Concrete Construction online (2/16) 
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Heat-based testing quickly detects steel corrosion inside concrete
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia and specialists from NTC Tekhnika have developed a test to detect corrosion of steel reinforcement inside concrete support structures. Applied heat and infrared cameras create gaps in thermography when corrosion is detected -- a process that takes about an hour compared with daylong ultrasonic testing.
PhysOrg/News release/Tomsk Polytechnic University (2/16) 
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Cleveland-to-Chicago Hyperloop under study
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will begin investigating an underground Hyperloop system that would carry passengers from Cleveland to Chicago at 200 mph. A 5.5-hour trip by car would be reduced to 30 minutes in the first Hyperloop across state lines.
New Atlas (2/15) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Work to begin next year on Holland Tunnel repairs
Work to begin next year on Holland Tunnel repairs
(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $364 million project to repair the Holland Tunnel, with work to begin next year. The tunnel was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and the project will improve the tunnel's resiliency.
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, N.J.) (2/16) 
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Leadership & HR
How to ask more of the right questions
There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"
Development Dimensions International (2/15) 
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Policy Watch
Chao: Fla.'s I-4 Ultimate Project can serve as a model
Chao: Fla.'s I-4 Ultimate Project can serve as a model
Chao (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notes that a national discussion on infrastructure has been needed for a long time and that President Donald Trump's plan brings such discourse to the forefront. She highlights the I-4 Ultimate Project, a public-private partnership project in Florida, as an example of a model that can work in other areas of the country because it uses public and private money.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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ACI News
Network with faculty during the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition
Join industry faculty for an opportunity to mingle and share ideas during the Faculty Network Reception on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm. Learn more on the ACI Convention webpage.
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Convention events for students and young professionals
Students and Young Professionals are encouraged to become involved with The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition. Sessions, committee meetings, networking events, and more are open to all convention attendees with many designed specifically for students and young professionals.
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