Chao: Fla.'s I-4 Ultimate Project can serve as a model | Consortium to build $1.95B rail system at L.A. airport | Commentary: Feds still must have a role in infrastructure
February 19, 2018
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Chao: Fla.'s I-4 Ultimate Project can serve as a model
Chao: Fla.'s I-4 Ultimate Project can serve as a model
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US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notes that a national discussion on infrastructure has been needed for a long time and that President Donald Trump's plan brings such discourse to the forefront. She highlights the I-4 Ultimate Project, a public-private partnership project in Florida, as an example of a model that can work in other areas of the country because it uses public and private money.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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Consortium to build $1.95B rail system at L.A. airport
Officials with the Los Angeles International Airport have awarded a design-build-finance-operate-and-maintain contract to a consortium that includes Balfour Beatty, Fluor Corp., Flatiron West and Dragados USA. The group will construct a $1.95 billion, 1.4-mile people-mover with six stations that will connect the main terminal with a future car rental facility.
The Construction Index (UK) (2/16),  The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Commentary: Feds still must have a role in infrastructure
State and local governments take on 62% of the cost of building new transportation and water infrastructure and 92% of the cost of their operations and maintenance. Debra Knopman and Martin Wachs, both with the Rand Corp., said many projects are of national significance and will need federal guidance.
U.S. News & World Report (2/16) 
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B.C. government to build Vancouver bridge
The British Columbia government has taken control of building the Pattullo Bridge in Vancouver, Canada. Construction will begin next year, and the move will allow the city to fund other projects.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model)/The Canadian Press (2/16) 
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Trends & Technology
Many unsure how tied Trump is to a gas-tax increase
Many unsure how tied Trump is to a gas-tax increase
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President Donald Trump has expressed support for raising the gas tax, but opponents and supporters are uncertain about his conviction, given his ability to "flip positions on a dime." Many in the business community support an increase, but many conservatives oppose it.
The Hill (2/18) 
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Hyperloop company gains approval for cross-state feasibility study
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has received approvals from Ohio and Illinois to conduct a feasibility study on a possible route between Cleveland and Chicago. The company is in the planning stages for several other hyperloop projects worldwide.
TechCrunch (2/15) 
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Sustainable Development
Work to begin next year on Holland Tunnel repairs
Work to begin next year on Holland Tunnel repairs
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $364 million project to repair the Holland Tunnel, with work to begin next year. The tunnel was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and the project will improve the tunnel's resiliency.
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, N.J.) (2/16) 
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Advancing the Profession
What kind of legacy will you leave?
What kind of legacy will you leave?
(YouTube/John Baldoni)
Obituaries can't tell the full story of a person, and so it is with leaders, whose true legacy is seen in how they affect others, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "For leaders, legacy is a sum of what you have done well and what you have done not so well," he says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/16) 
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At ASCE's OPAL Gala, see which of 5 innovative megaprojects will win the 2018 OCEA
At ASCE's OPAL Gala, see which of 5 innovative megaprojects will win the 2018 OCEA
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The five finalists for the 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award have taken innovative approaches to solving a pressing regional need. The contenders are a highway tunnel project, a bridge tollway, a dam spillway, a replacement floating bridge, and a long-sought subway. See which will win at ASCE's 2018 OPAL Gala, March 15 in the nation's capital region. Secure your tickets today.
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Nominations sought for ASCE awards with March 1 deadlines
Nominations sought for ASCE awards with March 1 deadlines
Several of the Society's awards, especially in the areas of leadership and management, share a March 1 deadline for nominations. These include the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, John I. Parcel - Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award, the Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award, the Civil Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and others. Review them and nominate worthy colleagues.
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