Shuster plans summer committee work on infrastructure legislation | Mich. lawmakers allocate $300M surplus to road projects | Calif. road covered by landslide could reopen by July
June 14, 2018
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Shuster plans summer committee work on infrastructure legislation
Shuster plans summer committee work on infrastructure legislation
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is leading an effort to introduce infrastructure legislation this summer, per the committee. President Donald Trump proposed $200 billion in infrastructure funding in February but has said further progress would be unlikely until after midterm elections.
The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (6/12) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Mich. lawmakers allocate $300M surplus to road projects
Michigan lawmakers added $300 million to the state budget for road construction projects. The money comes from surplus revenue and is in addition to approximately $1 billion already allocated to state freeways and $1.4 billion for local road agencies.
Detroit Free Press (6/12) 
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Calif. road covered by landslide could reopen by July
A massive landslide from heavy rains last year covered part of Highway 1 along the California coast, and officials hope to have the road reopened by July, which is ahead of schedule. The $54 million project required stabilization of the slide so a new roadway could be built over it.
The Associated Press (6/14) 
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Agreement on Ill. Tollway extension reached with railroad
The Illinois Tollway board adopted an agreement with Canadian Pacific on Wednesday; it will allow a connection to O'Hare International Airport to proceed. The agreement allows the extension to cross over railway tracks.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Lawsuit filed to stop toll road construction in Fla.
A lawsuit was filed Monday in the US district court in Tampa, Fla., to stop construction of an extension to the Suncoast Parkway. The lawsuit asserts that the US Department of the Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service overlooked the presence of a National Register of Historic Places site and endangered species during the permitting review process.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (6/13) 
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Trends & Technology
Suffolk technology aims to make work areas safer
Boston-based Suffolk Construction is developing artificial intelligence that will be able to analyze construction job sites and their workers to correlate with accident reports in an effort to improve work safety. The technology could eventually lead to giving injury risk ratings to construction projects.
MIT Technology Review online (free registration) (6/12) 
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Prefabrication startup adds design firms to its roster
Prefabricated construction startup Katerra Inc. has added two architectural firms to its roster and has booked $1.3 billion in new projects. The company purchased Michael Green Architecture Inc., which specializes in tall-timber construction, and has acquired Lord Aeck Sargent.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Silicon Valley (6/12) 
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Boring Co. wins contract to build hyperloop-type system in Chicago
Chicago has selected The Boring Co. to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a scaled-down, vacuumless version of a hyperloop between downtown and O'Hare International Airport. Vehicles likely will transport 16 people at a time, but contract details have not yet been negotiated.
National Public Radio (6/14),  CNBC (6/14) 
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Sustainable Development
N.D. issues permit to planned oil refinery
A planned oil refinery in North Dakota cleared a major hurdle after state officials concluded it would not produce significant pollution and issued a necessary permit. The refinery would be about 3 miles from a national park and is opposed by environmental groups.
The Associated Press (6/13) 
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Advancing the Profession
Tell the truth when a crisis hits
The first steps to take in a crisis include gathering the facts and committing to telling the truth internally and then externally, writes David Grossman. "No matter how successful the leader, there is one common truth -- communication is a learned skill," he writes.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (6/11) 
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Free ASCE paper helps you filter pollutants from stormwater runoff
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Seeking a way to negate the harmful effects of pollutants in stormwater runoff? Regenerative stormwater conveyance, a filter-based treatment, could be your answer. Testing done for a study in ASCE's Journal of Environmental Engineering explores the treatment's effectiveness at treating dissolved pollutants. Download the recommendations free for a limited time in ASCE Library.
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