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December 10, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • More Japanese tunnels found to be similar to the Sasago
    Twelve more tunnels in Japan have ceiling structures similar to that of the Sasago Tunnel that collapsed on Dec. 2, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The tunnels were constructed between 1967 and 2003. One of the structures built in 1971 contains 60 minor defects, including rusted fixtures and loose bolts. The Japan Daily Press (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Private funding pitched for Ohio River's $2.4B Brent Spence Bridge
    The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would allow private funding for the planned $2.4 billion Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio. However, many lawmakers say they need assurances that tolls wouldn't be imposed before they could support the proposal. Meanwhile, chamber officials say legislation doesn’t make tolls a certainty. Other options such as a gas tax hike and vehicle registration fees could help pay investors. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State Dept. decision on Keystone XL may come soon, official says
    The State Department is expected to give its preliminary decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "in the near future," a department official said. This week, Nebraskans expressed mixed views on the company's proposed route for the pipeline that steers clear of the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region in Nebraska. Keystone XL supporters have said that the project would help spur economic growth and strengthen U.S. energy security. United Press International (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel to identify transit options for N.Y.'s Tappan Zee Bridge
    A 28-member task force will work to identify transit options for the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River north of New York City. "The first step is replacing the Tappan Zee, which has no transit capacity, with a new bridge that is ready to handle mass transit right away as a foundation. At the same time that we are building this new bridge, the mass transit task force will be working on finding the best transit options for local communities," said Howard Milstein, chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority Board. River, N.Y. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Project to extend life of Mich. bridge
    The 8,100-foot-long Zilwaukee Bridge in Michigan was built in the 1980s and was designed to last as long as 50 years and to be capable of shifting by as much as a foot. However, its bearings now need to be replaced to keep that shifting from happening with friction, which would shorten the life of the bridge. More that 150 new bearings made partially from a high-density plastic material will be installed beginning in April. The project could extend the total life of the bridge to 100 years. The Saginaw News (Mich.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Sustainable building goes far beyond energy efficiency
    Green building is fine, but sustainable building is better. That's the consensus of some who saw how poorly many buildings fared in recent natural disasters. "The new green is about protection from the dangers around us -- and ahead of us," writes Chris Sullivan. "The underlying message offers freedom from the blunders of big utilities, government agencies and corporate builders, whose time horizon only extends to their quarterly profit report." Take blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing the Profession 
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from ASCE 
  • Don't miss the last chance to win $101 for renewing ASCE membership
    Congratulations to Scott A. Lutz, A.M.ASCE, of the Illinois Section, the latest winner of $101 in ASCE's 2013 Member Renewal Contest. One more winner will be selected at random from among all renewals through next Friday, Dec. 14. It could be you. Don’t delay -- renew today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Winning Design of Japan’s National Stadium Announced
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    The Japan Sport Council has announced the winner of the design competition for the country’s new national stadium: London-based Zaha Hadid Architects. View renderings of the winning bid, then discover more fascinating articles at

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