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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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