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March 19, 2013
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  • Calif. approves sale of bonds for initial work on $68B HSR project
    The sale of $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds for the first construction phase of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project recently gained approval from state officials. Some funds will go to upgrades of commuter rail systems. Although the HSR project still faces some lawsuits, the approved sale of bonds signals a positive direction, according to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. "It's another step towards the process of breaking ground on the nation's first high-speed rail system in California this summer," said CHSRA Chairman Dan Richard. Reuters (3/18), KGO-TV (San Francisco)/The Associated Press (3/18), KXTV-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Technology & Trends  
  • Largest truck-mounted concrete pump achieves Guinness status
    Cifa Spa, the Italian manufacturer of truck-mounted concrete pumps, will launch the world's biggest and newest Carbotech concrete pump next month in Berlin. The pump has a 262-foot boom divided into seven sections that fold. The K80H's chassis is a Mercedes-Benz Actros 4160 K 8x6 four-axle dumper that was modified to have seven axles. Both chassis and boom have made it into the Guinness Book of Records, according to this article. (U.K.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Recycled concrete fills mattresses to protect La. shoreline
    A 7.8-mile project is under way to protect the Louisiana shoreline from wave-induced erosion. The project used 84,000 cubic yards of recycled concrete to fill nearly 7,500 geogrid marine mattresses that are expected to have a 20-year lifespan. The mattresses will be placed directly on the shoreline, and could save up to 110 acres of marsh. CE News (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  Policy Watch  
  • House may vote on Keystone XL bill before Memorial Day
    House Republican leaders are seeking to vote by the end of May on a bill that would green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. "It is about energy independence for North America," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. "I know the president is in his home state of Illinois today and he is going to talk about energy issues, and I think this is one of the key parts of any energy package or plan or vision," said Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., the bill's primary sponsor. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 362.1R-12: Guide for the Design and Construction of Durable Concrete Parking Structures
    This guide presents design and construction criteria used to improve the durability of concrete parking structures. Emphasis is placed on key design criteria unique to parking structures, including structural systems, materials, structural design, durability, and construction. Also covered are cast-in-place nonprestressed concrete, cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete, and precast/prestressed concrete structural systems for use in parking structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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