President Donald Trump is open to a gas-tax increase and "nothing is off the table" to fund a 10-year infrastructure plan, said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. She also said that public-private partnerships are an important part of the plan, although they aren't suitable for all projects.
Airlines are expected to vote in the fall on a $1.3 billion plan to overhaul the terminal at the Portland International Airport. Construction on the five-year project could begin in 2020 and would include a $215 million renovation and expansion of one of the concourses and a $265 million addition to the parking garage.
Tunnel boring has ended under the streets of Seattle, and Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners has been disassembling Bertha, the machine that did the tunneling. Crews are about halfway done breaking the machine into parts, and a time-lapse video shows the progress.
The Korte Co.'s business development director, Jody Luke, discusses the advantages of a design-build over traditional construction contracts. Luke says the method encourages everyone, including the owners, to be involved in the process and can bring all stakeholders into better alignment.
Smartvid.io, which has developed artificial intelligence technology to scan construction photos and look for any potential safety issues, has landed a $7 million investment from Autodesk and several other investors. Although worker safety is a key goal, the technology can also be used to find cracks in concrete.
Harriet Langford, founder of the Georgia-based nonprofit the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, is helping build the future of sustainable transportation on part of Interstate 85 near the city of LaGrange, Ga. In addition to this solar highway, Langford is working on technologies such as a sensor data network that uses blinking lights to communicate, and she's investigating how to use drones to help first responders or to monitor air pollution.
As many as 30 concrete pilings will anchor the foundations of the $250 million Bonner Bridge replacement in North Carolina, which is 50% complete. Engineers have run computer simulations of the new bridge and say it can withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it.
Be wary of taking advice that isn't tailored specifically to you or that comes from someone who isn't qualified to advise you. In addition, pay little attention to advice that is focused on the final result but provides no information on the steps to get there, says Jeremy Greenberg, a business strategist.
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