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February 11, 2013
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  • Concrete ramp repair under way for $670M Mississippi River Bridge
    Fred Weber is replacing concrete along an estimated 0.25-mile stretch of a ramp section for the $670 million Mississippi River Bridge project. The work is a result of the Illinois Transportation Department's discovery of a missing cross-slope on the curving ramp's surface. "The outside of the curve was not high enough," said Jeff Church, the Illinois DOT's implementation engineer for the East St. Louis area. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TransCanada CEO to discuss Keystone XL with State Dept. official
    TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling and Kerri-Ann Jones, the State Department's assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, are holding closed-door discussions about the approval prospects for its Keystone XL pipeline. Any decision about the project won't come until late March, the department has said. Girling also believes the pipeline will secure approval "very soon." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Tappan Zee Bridge to use "bubble curtains"
    New York's Tappan Zee Bridge will be using the same "bubble curtains" technique used in California's San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to protect fish from construction noise. "Monitoring indicated that the bubble curtain was successful in reducing sound pressure levels and likely impacts to fish," according to a 2007 California report. "It certainly suggests the technology and practices are out there to build a bridge without causing significant in-river impacts. Our goal is to make sure that’s exactly what happens if the Tappan Zee Bridge is built," Riverkeeper attorney Phillip Musegaas said. The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  Leadership & HR  
  • The young CEOs who are out to change the world
    A new generation of founder CEOs are shaking up the way we work, play and shop, and Fortune's editors have profiled 11 of the biggest trailblazers. The list includes former Apple designer Tony Fadell, who sells smart thermostats; Belcampo founder Anya Fernald, who is figuring out ways to scale up the sustainable-food movement; and Perry Chen, whose Kickstarter website helps other visionaries bootstrap their big ideas. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How a stint in India helps execs reach the next level
    Indian consumers demand quality, long-lasting products at low prices, says Michael Boneham, former president of Ford India. That makes the subcontinent a challenging environment for Western executives, but also one that can make them better leaders and strategists. "If you are successful in the Indian market, you can be successful anywhere in the world," Boneham says. Knowledge@Wharton (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • House panel to discuss "federal role in America's infrastructure"
    Federal involvement in spending on transportation infrastructure will be the topic of a hearing Wednesday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "Transportation and infrastructure have long been recognized as federal responsibilities shared with the states," Shuster said. A thorough understanding of the government's role "is critical to ensuring U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • NCEES seeks civil engineers for online survey
    NCEES is seeking licensed civil engineers to participate in an online survey to update the specifications of the PE Civil exam. ACI is contacting its members to ask them to take part in this important study to ensure that civil engineering licensing exams remain relevant to current practice. For access to the online survey, visit The survey takes about an hour, but you do not have to complete it in a single session. Responses must be received by Feb. 25. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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