ASCE gives Idaho infrastructure a C- | US transportation official says Gateway Tunnel is a local project | Kiewit awarded contract to demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct in Wash.
May 22, 2018
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ASCE gives Idaho infrastructure a C-
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Idaho a C- on its infrastructure report card. Bridges were awarded a D, and roads were given a C-, and when combined with water infrastructure, the overall grade of C- indicates the state's infrastructure is "mediocre and in need of attention."
KBSX-FM/KBSU-FM (Boise, Idaho) (5/21) 
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Terminal Development Program Industry Day
The Omaha Airport Authority invites interested contractors, design and engineering professionals to attend a presentation of the upcoming business opportunities for the design and construction of, and the staff augmentation support for, the Terminal Development Program at Eppley Airfield, Omaha, Nebraska. Register here to join us June 13th.
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Infrastructure Watch
US transportation official says Gateway Tunnel is a local project
Matthew Kopko, a US Department of Transportation advisor, said nine out of every 10 riders on the rail system that travels underneath the Hudson River are New Jersey residents, and that makes the proposed Gateway Tunnel a local project. The Trump administration wants New York and New Jersey to cover most of the project's estimated $30 billion cost.
Hudson County View (N.J.) (5/21) 
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Kiewit awarded contract to demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct in Wash.
The Washington Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West to tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The aging viaduct is being replaced by a tunnel, but the details of the contract have not been finalized.
Engineering News-Record (5/21) 
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Residential tower in Texas tops out at 685 feet
A topping-out ceremony was held for a 685-foot residential tower in Austin, Texas. The $300 million project reportedly will be the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in Austin.
Curbed/Austin, Texas (5/21) 
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House committee approves infrastructure funding bill
The 2019 fiscal year Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill has cleared the House Appropriations Committee. The bill provides funding for airports, roads, bridges and rail construction, and it recommends allocating $71.8 billion for discretionary spending.
Roads & Bridges online (5/21) 
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Trends & Technology
Autonomous vehicles could reshape urban design
The personal automobile has shaped the design of urban landscapes for a century. In the future, autonomous vehicles could reshape urban design by reducing the need for parking garages and off-street parking and altering the design of buildings.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Mayors press for adoption of Bay Area toll measure
Mayors press for adoption of Bay Area toll measure
Schaaf (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California Mayors Sam Liccardo, Mark Farrell and Libby Schaaf on Monday encouraged voters to approve Regional Measure 3, which proposes raising tolls on seven state-owned bridges in the Bay Area, during June 5 voting. "RM3 is about saving the planet and saving our sanity," said Oakland Mayor Schaaf.
KGO-TV (San Francisco) (5/21) 
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Sustainable Development
Calif. to vote on $4.1B for parks and water assets
On June 5, California voters will consider a ballot measure that would provide $4.1 billion in funding for the state's parks, beaches, wildlife, forests and water assets. Voters have not approved a similar measure since 2006, and political leaders and environmental groups have backed the current proposal.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (5/21) 
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175-turbine wind farm planned in Mo.
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in Adair and Schuyler counties, but the Public Service Commission still must approve the project. The wind farm would include 175 wind turbines, producing enough power for 120,000 homes.
St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (5/21) 
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Advancing the Profession
Listening requires a commitment to learn
If you struggle to actively listen, try committing to the moment and striving to understand the speaker's message and the emotions behind it. "Get into a place of understanding, where you're both speaking the same language, figuratively and literally," Stephanie Vozza writes.
Fast Company online (5/21) 
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