The $15.3 billion stopgap hurricane relief bill passed by Congress last week could only last for a few weeks. Congress and the administration have indicated that more funding measures could be approved in the coming weeks.
Amazon said last week it plans to build a second corporate headquarters, and cities are working furiously to put together proposals by the Oct. 14 deadline. The project is estimated to be valued at more than $5 billion and would need to be large enough to accommodate 50,000 employees.
The House has approved an amendment by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., to restore $250 million to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and the full House should vote this week. "With wastewater getting a D+ in the latest Infrastructure Report Card, we applaud Rep. Katko's efforts to restore this critical low-cost financing source for states and communities," said ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei.
At least 18 US deaths have been linked to Hurricane Irma, and Florida has begun the long process of rebuilding. An estimated 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and another 65% sustained major damage.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority has approved a $1.1 billion project to renovate the Pittsburgh International Airport. Work includes building a new terminal, security checkpoint and baggage system, and it could begin in 2019.
Hurricane Irma is severely testing the limits of Florida's building codes, which are some of the most stringent in the nation and were enacted after Hurricane Andrew destroyed more than 25,000 homes in the state in 1992. After examining Irma's damage to any structures built to the new codes, officials may consider whether they need to be revised again.
Leaders in Houston want to build a "coastal spine" around Galveston Bay to help keep storm surges away from the Houston Ship Channel. The project, estimated at $14 billion, involves the construction of a series of gates and walls.
After a Category 4 hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas, in 1900, the city was rebuilt to make it more resistant to hurricanes, and the city "provides an example of how disasters move policy, perhaps more quickly than anything else." Yet the city had a population of only 37,000 at the time, highlighting how difficult it will be for land planners to try and make giant cities like Houston and Miami more able to withstand nature's wrath.
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"If you're an engineer and you want to work on the big, new projects, redesigning cities, redeveloping transportation, you need to be on top of this. You need to be Envision-certified," says Paul Zofnass, whose Harvard program joined ASCE to develop the sustainability rating system. He will be taking part in ASCE's International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure next month in New York, where attendees can earn an Envision credential. Read what Zofnass told ASCE News.
ASCE members have chosen a striking winter photo of the 1866 New Portland Wire Bridge in New Portland, Maine, winner of the 2017 Viewer's Choice Award. See Vijay Jeyakrishnan's photo and all of the ASCE Bridges Photo Contest winners on ASCE's Facebook page. You can look ahead to seeing Jeyakrishnan's photo in ASCE's Bridges 2018 calendar, now available for preorder.