Puerto Rico received the bulk of $28 billion in recent grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the US Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri and California also got money for repairs related to natural disasters. Congress approved the funding in February.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority plans to connect two terminals at Pittsburgh International Airport and has released an initial environmental impact statement for the $1.1 billion project. No significant environmental impacts were discovered, says the authority, which will hold a public review meeting for discussion.
Asheville, N.C., officials approved the construction of 1,900 apartments, homes and townhouse in 2017, but the North Carolina Department of Transportation only has funding for 17% of the projects needed to relieve congestion in the region. A planned widening of Interstate 26 next year will help, but officials warn congestion might get worse before it gets better.
The Coalition for the Northeast Corridor said President Donald Trump's opposition to funding the Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey is wrong, because a huge amount of the nation's economy depends on rail service along the "crumbling" corridor. "In its current state, it is an economic crisis waiting to happen," a coalition representative told the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee.
The public supports fighting global warming, but opposition to natural gas pipelines and nuclear power plants is in direct conflict to the idea, according to energy expert James Conca. Many areas of the country need added capacity for natural gas pipelines, he says, and one solution is expanding the size of existing pipelines.
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Florida must move forward with improving the resiliency of its infrastructure without funding and guidance from the federal government, according to three environment and energy experts. Each dollar invested in resilient cities and infrastructure saves $6 in future costs, they write, and a state revolving loan fund could provide the necessary revenue.
The Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency despite some Democrats' calls to postpone the vote until Wheeler is more thoroughly vetted. "We should know whether Andrew Wheeler is up to the task of helping to right this badly damaged EPA ship, to restore the confidence and have it headed back on the right course," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
Spend 10 to 30 minutes each week putting your goals into actionable tasks for the next week, writes business coach Daniel Dowling. Refer to your weekly list when you are planning the day ahead, and include five important tasks to get through each day.
Get over the fear of giving a speech with the advice of a civil engineer experienced in speaking before councils and crowds. The ASCE eLearning webinar Public Speaking for Engineers, an exclusive member benefit, is coming Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Sign up today.
Congratulations to the Panama Canal, which survived four rounds to emerge the winner of ASCE's first Landmark Madness. Thanks to everyone who played in the first online tournament of historic infrastructure icons. See the Landmark Madness results.