Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan. | Video: Civil engineers inspect nation's bridges | P3 could be used to build $700M tolled express lanes in Ill.
December 11, 2017
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Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan.
Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan.
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Trump administration officials are finalizing a plan that would allocate $200 billion or more to spur investment in a $1 trillion infrastructure package, and they could push toward adoption of a plan in January. There appears to be support for infrastructure spending among many groups, but many in Congress are not in favor of increased spending on infrastructure.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/10) 
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Video: Civil engineers inspect nation's bridges
Bridges longer than 20 feet must be inspected every two years, and for Missouri's 10,000 bridges, that job falls on only a handful of civil engineers at the state's Department of Transportation. Engineer Matt Geiger said the bridges are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired or replaced, and the state is quick to close a bridge if it's deemed unsafe.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (12/8) 
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P3 could be used to build $700M tolled express lanes in Ill.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering a public-private partnership to add tolled express lanes on 25 miles of Interstate 55. The Illinois General Assembly would have to approve the partnership for the $700 million project; construction could start as soon as 2019.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/11) 
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NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs
NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs
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A 26,000-seat soccer stadium and an 18,000-seat hockey arena, each with accompanying retail and entertainment space, have been proposed for Belmont Park in New York City and could create 4,500 and 5,500 construction jobs, respectively. The Empire State Development Corp. will select one of the two proposals in the next few months.
New York Post (12/10) 
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Trends & Technology
Opinion: Let's rethink modeling for massive projects
Project management theory developed when construction projects followed the lines of an industrial model are a poor fit for today's largest projects, consultant Robert Prieto writes. What's needed is a new framework that, among other things, consistently communicates changes in desired outcomes and includes risk models that fully account for what are perceived as low-probability risks.
Engineering News-Record (12/7) 
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Calif. looks at vehicle mileage tax
The California Department of Transportation is studying a road mileage tax and will start to look for a technology partner next year. The state wants to implement point-of-purchase technology, where a vehicle's odometer is read at gas stations or electric-vehicle charging stations.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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Sustainable Development
Combined erosion prediction method rated more accurate
The US Bureau of Reclamation has studied using moving and fixed mesh together in erosion models for 2D vertical morphodynamic flow and lateral bank erosion. The results reveal that a combined model that employs both mesh methods instead of just one provides more accurate erosion prediction for complex streams.
MDPI (Switzerland) (12/6) 
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Study finds cities' green measures work better in coordination
Green solutions to urban drainage are helpful but are seldom coordinated with other measures to maximum effect. A UK study of tools used to evaluate the various benefits of green interventions concludes that more farsighted development to realize multiple benefits is possible through careful co-design.
MDPI (Switzerland) (12/7) 
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City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure
City Parks Alliance releases a five-part video series documenting the benefits of parks as urban infrastructure. Mayors, developers, engineers, and others show how parks are helping address stormwater and transportation issues while improving resilience, creating jobs and growing the economy. Watch the series.
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Advancing the Profession
Better decisions are made when tough questions are asked
Ask your staff on a quarterly basis to rate the organization in areas such as accountability, communication and recognition, Chris Hallberg writes. The answers aren't always easy to hear, but you'll learn what's going on and who your next set of leaders might be.
Leadership Now (12/4) 
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States tackle transportation funding as Congress' tax plan "misses an opportunity"
States tackle transportation funding as Congress' tax plan "misses an opportunity"
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Congress is reconciling the House and Senate tax proposals without taking advantage of an opportunity to increase the federal gasoline tax, which it did in tax reforms under presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Some states are taking matters into their own hands with gas tax increases and other funding solutions.
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