The Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded a D to state roads and a D+ to bridges, similar to the grades given in a 2012 review. Louisiana is considering an increase to the fuel tax to fund infrastructure, as the state faces a $13 billion backlog of work on roads and bridges.
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The rail lines at Penn Station in New York City have seen two derailments in recent months, and Amtrak, which owns the lines, says underfunding of repairs is to blame -- the same problem with the tunnel under the Hudson River. The planned $20 billion Gateway project would build a new tunnel under the Hudson and improve rail infrastructure in the region.
A report by the American Public Transportation Association and the Economic Development Research Group states that budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump could affect $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects. The cuts could also lead to 800,000 fewer construction and related jobs; some in Congress have voiced opposition to the proposed cuts.
Braidy Industries plans to start construction on a $1.3 billion aluminum-manufacturing plant in Kentucky's Greenup County next year, a decision made after the state Legislature passed a bill that prohibits involuntary union dues. The 2.5 million-square-foot facility will create 1,000 construction jobs.
The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected a design-build team of more than 15 firms for a $100 million project to improve Interstate 270. The project will add 23 lane miles to the road, and work should finish in 2019.
The New York Department of Transportation has resisted efforts to spend between $2.5 billion and $3.1 billion to build a tunnel to replace a 1.4-mile section of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested that the agency hire a consultant to study the option. Details of nine other tunnels built in the US over the last 10 years, including Boston's Big Dig, show the kinds of challenges New York might face if it opts for a tunnel.
CallisonRTKL has released renderings for the 66-story Figueroa Centre tower in Los Angeles, which would be the third-tallest in the city. The tower will be a mix of residential, hotel and retail space, but a construction timeline hasn't been determined.
It’s time to restore America’s infrastructure In the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, America's infrastructure received a D+. Aging, underperforming infrastructure hurts the national economy and costs American families $3,400 each year. Learn more about the Report Card and be part of the solution.
The Department of Energy released the third installment of its reality web series, "Better Buildings Challenge SWAP," which pits groups against each other to find ways to improve each others' energy systems. The episode features Boston facing off against Atlanta, with experts analyzing the cities' streets, airports and libraries to make their energy systems more efficient.
People often omit or gloss over key details when delivering a message, and it's also easy as a listener to hear only what you need to respond, writes David Grossman. He offers tactics for hearing "what's not being said," including paying attention to body language and emotional hints.
How effective are cements containing varying amounts of limestone binder content and degrees of grinding quality? Researchers tested seven industrial-scale cement varieties and shared their findings in the March issue of ASCE's Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Benefit from their conclusions free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library.
Cellphones are being tested for use as an early warning system in a crowdsourced earthquake detection network. Consider its potential in ASCE's Civil Engineering online. Dive into all of the Civil Engineering online features at asce.org/cemagazine online.
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