Va. transportation board approves 6-year, $18.6B plan | Md.'s Purple Line project at a tipping point | $675M chemical plant planned in Houston
June 23, 2017
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Va. transportation board approves 6-year, $18.6B plan
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia approved a six-year plan that allocates $18.6 billion over six years to more than 3,600 projects. More than $15 billion will go to highway projects and $3.4 billion will go to public transit and rail work.
Equipment World (6/22) 
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Md.'s Purple Line project at a tipping point
Officials in Maryland have asked an appeals court to make an "emergency" ruling to allow construction of the Purple Line light rail to start after a lower court ruled in favor of the project's opponents. Construction was scheduled to start last year, but work can't begin until an environmental study is approved by the courts.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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$675M chemical plant planned in Houston
Petrochemical company Braskem plans to build a $675 million facility in the Houston area. Construction will start later this summer, creating 1,000 construction and development jobs.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Houston (6/22) 
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Construction of L.A.'s Gold Line to start in Oct.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has committed nearly $1.2 billion to building an 11.5-mile extension to the Gold Line light-rail service. Though millions more are still needed, utility relocation work could start in October.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (6/22),  KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (6/22) 
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Proposed storm-surge barrier in NYC area prompts range of concerns
A coalition of scientists, planners and property owners is calling for the US Army Corps of Engineers to move faster on a proposed coastal barrier, as sea-level rise poses increased storm-surge risk for New York City and New Jersey. The proposal for a 5-mile, retractable storm-surge barrier emerged after Superstorm Sandy hit the area, but politicians have raised concerns about the projected $30 billion cost and the possible environmental effects.
Bloomberg (6/20) 
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Cured-in-place-pipe techniques come to Canadian city
The combined sewer system in St. John's, Ontario, was constructed out of inlaid stone and mortar in the 1800s, and the city wants to upgrade the infrastructure with cured-in-place-pipe. Work will begin in 2018 with a goal of five separate projects.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (6/23) 
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Trends & Technology
Highway design reduces vehicle deaths
A new study shows that Reduced Conflict Intersections save lives, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The design does not allow drivers to turn left and cross a major road, instead establishing U-turn areas.
Equipment World (6/22) 
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Sustainable Development
Cornell's NYC campus building goes all out for net-zero
Solar arrays, geothermal heat pumps and a chilled-beam system are among the features of the first building going up on Cornell University's technology campus on New York's Roosevelt Island. The four-story, net-zero structure draws on nearby sources for its energy needs, including 400-foot-deep closed-loop geothermal wells and a tank to harvest rainwater.
Construction Dive (6/21) 
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Advancing the Profession
Be mentally tougher by ignoring these 7 thoughts
Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/21) 
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Congratulations to ASCE 2017-18 scholarship recipients; apply for next round
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Fifteen undergraduate members of ASCE are looking forward to the next term with a well-deserved boost -- a Society scholarship. See who's been selected as 2017-18 recipients, and learn how to apply for ASCE's 2018-19 scholarships.
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