Trump administration to begin crafting infrastructure legislation | Bertha halted to conduct tunnel measurements | $2.5B could be allocated for Texas Clear Lanes initiative
March 2, 2017
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Trump administration to begin crafting infrastructure legislation
The Trump administration plans to hold a summit with at least 15 federal agencies and begin discussions on crafting legislation aimed at injecting $1 trillion into the country's infrastructure. The meeting, planned for today, will be led by Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council.
Bloomberg (3/1),  The Associated Press (3/1) 
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Bertha halted to conduct tunnel measurements
Bertha halted to conduct tunnel measurements
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Tunnel boring machine Bertha has traveled 8,310 feet under Seattle, installing concrete tunnel rings. However, the borer got slightly off course, putting some of the rings "beyond the 6-inch tolerance limit," so tunneling has stopped, measurements will be taken and the alignment adjusted if needed.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1) 
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$2.5B could be allocated for Texas Clear Lanes initiative
The Texas Department of Transportation has developed a 10-year, $70 billion Unified Transportation Program designed to maintain and improve roads and has presented the proposal to the Texas Transportation Commission. The funding includes $2.5 billion for 19 Texas Clear Lanes projects to mitigate "growth-induced traffic gridlock" in five cities.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (3/1) 
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Rendering: $1.2B mixed-use development planned in Omaha
Rendering: $1.2B mixed-use development planned in Omaha
A $1.2 billion mixed-use developed proposed in Omaha, Neb., would be one of the largest in the city. The developer hopes to start construction later this year on the project that includes single-family homes, office space, shopping, dining and bike trails.
KETV-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (3/1) 
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Trends & Technology
Textile shelter sheds light at night
New textile-based technologies incorporating solar-active and photoluminescent yarn were used to create a shelter of solar fabrics that absorb and release light, offering illumination at night and cooling during the day. The Lumen exhibit for New York's MoMA PS1 was produced with a type of robotic arm that is typically used in large-scale 3D printing.
New Atlas (2/28) 
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Construction spending dips in Jan.
The Commerce Department reported that construction spending slipped 1% in January, mostly due to a drop in public construction spending. Economists had predicted a 0.6% increase.
Reuters (3/1),  MarketWatch (3/1) 
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Sustainable Development
Researchers engineer amoeba cells to clean bacterial contaminants in soil
Johns Hopkins University researchers are engineering the cells of the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum that can be used to remove bacterial contaminants from soil, kill the Legionella bacteria or destroy microbes on medical instruments. The team has received a four-year, $5.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The Baltimore Sun (2/25) 
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Experts skeptical of private financing for dams, flood control
Experts skeptical of private financing for dams, flood control
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The Trump administration plans to use private and public financing for a $1 trillion worth of infrastructure projects, but some experts aren't sure if this will benefit dam maintenance needs and flood control projects. "We're going to have to have substantial federal investment in this, as well as state and local investment," said Larry Larson, the director emeritus of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
McClatchy Washington Bureau (3/1) 
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Advancing the Profession
ASCE's Dream Big a culmination of years of hard work
The Dream Big: Engineering Our World film began after a 2011 symposium in New Jersey on using film to get students interested in engineering. Learn about the history of the IMAX movie, which is sponsored by Bechtel and is a collaborative effort between ASCE and MacGillivray Freeman Films.
Engineering News-Record (3/1) 
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Enhance safety at nonsignaled intersections with new method in free ASCE paper
ASCE Transportation journal
Can you gauge the right time to turn left at a two-way intersection with no traffic signal? Is the road designed to maximize line of sight? What is that distance? The authors of a recent paper in ASCE's Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A: Systems used GPS data from real drivers' behavior and different vehicle capabilities to develop a new method for calculating the required intersection sight distance, as well as a new acceleration profile. Explore this method free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library.
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