Report: 9.1% of US bridges are structurally deficient | Fla. DOT to open bids on $814M bridge project | VDOT gets public feedback on bridge-tunnel expansion
August 17, 2018
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Report: 9.1% of US bridges are structurally deficient
The American Society of Civil Engineers says 9.1% of bridges are structurally deficient -- an improvement of just 3.2 percentage points in the past 10 years -- and Andy Herrmann, an ASCE past president, says further improvements are vital. He recommends an increase in the gas tax, which has been static since 1992: "Could you live on your salary from 1992? Our bridges can't."
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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Roads, Tunnels & Bridges
Fla. DOT to open bids on $814M bridge project
The Florida Department of Transportation is to begin taking bids for a design-build contract for a new Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa, Fla., and the bids will be required to stay below $814 million. The bridge is expected to contain four express toll lanes, and a bid could be awarded in 2019.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (8/16) 
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VDOT gets public feedback on bridge-tunnel expansion
The Virginia Department of Transportation is expanding the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to eight lanes and has hosted public meetings to share the plans and seek input. The project is expected to cost between $3.3 billion and $3.8 billion, and work should be completed in 2024.
WVEC-TV (Norfolk, Va.) (8/15) 
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Aecon to rejoin Gordie Howe bridge consortium
Aecon Group has been allowed to rejoin the partnership of preferred builders for the 1.6-mile, cable-stayed Gordie Howe International Bridge. The company had to leave the consortium in May for security reasons when a Chinese company attempted to take over the firm.
Financial Post (Canada)/The Canadian Press (8/15) 
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Waterways, Canals & Ports
Ala. port expansion could lead to greater economic impact
The Alabama State Port Authority is in the midst of or on the cusp of a number of projects that could increase its economic contribution to the state, which currently stands at $22.4 billion. Projects include the third phase of the port's container terminal expansion and a $60 million automobile terminal.
Alabama NewsCenter (8/10) 
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    Power Plants & Transmission Lines
    EPA to replace Clean Power Plan soon
    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose a replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in the near future. A review of part of the unpublished draft suggests the new rules would allow states to write their own, less-stringent climate regulations for power plants.
    Politico (8/14) 
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    Analysis: EIA, FERC reports show renewables aren't going anywhere
    Reports released this summer from both the Energy Information Administration and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicate the same thing: Renewables are outpacing fossil fuels and will continue to do so, Joshua Hill writes. Sun Day Campaign Executive Director Ken Bossong says, "Trying to reverse that situation with costly subsidies for environmentally-polluting nuclear power and coal defies common sense."
    CleanTechnica (8/13) 
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    Mass Transit, Rails & Airports
    Fountain nixed from Mo. airport design
    The team working on the single-terminal Kansas City International Airport project in Missouri has revised its initial renderings to eliminate a two-story fountain to make room for passenger processing. The next step is incorporating elements that will give the airport its unique identity, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Jordan Pierce says.
    KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (8/16) 
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    Wastewater & Sanitation
    USDA allocates $124M for rural water projects
    Water development projects in rural areas in 23 states will get a total of $124 million from the US Department of Agriculture's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Communities with 10,000 or fewer residents can use the money for waste management, water and stormwater projects.
    Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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    Levees, Dams & Hurricane Protection
    Video: Before-and-after footage of Oroville dam construction
    A California Department of Water Resources video shows before-and-after footage of the Oroville, Calif., dam construction after its spillway collapsed last year. Concrete work for the 3,000-foot spillway should wrap by Nov. 1.
    San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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    Association News
    AGC joins Capital One, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target and others to promote voter participation in this year's elections
    The association, along with leading brands and organizations, is partnering in the TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80% voter turnout. The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake this November. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, it is especially important to elect local, state, and federal leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce. Help make the construction industry's voice heard loudly and clearly in this year's elections! Get registered. Get informed. Vote! Read more.
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