The results of 2018 midterm elections could have a significant impact on the construction industry as debates over infrastructure ensue. Issues to keep an eye on are potential construction of a border wall, the California bullet train, the San Joaquin Delta project, the battle between environmentalism and new construction, and whether to raise the federal gas tax to finance infrastructure.
Climate change and the rise of autonomous vehicles could modify the way we think about infrastructure, and a team of researchers at five universities will envision its future. Thanks to a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the researchers will investigate sensor technology for roads, ways to cut vehicle emissions and more.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a video at the Hudson River rail tunnel explaining to President Donald Trump the importance of getting substantial federal funding to replace the deteriorating structure. Estimates place the cost of repairs to the old tunnel and to dig a new tunnel at $12.7 billion.
Construction is expected to begin within a year on a port along the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The multibillion-dollar project will convert 6,500 acres of farmland into a hub for ships, trucks and rail.
A capital commitment from Charon System Advisors gives JupiterMLP sufficient funding to construct a crude oil pipeline from the Permian Basin to Brownsville, Texas. The pipeline will be able to ship one million oil barrels per day to Brownsville, where JupiterMLP is building more than 2.8 million barrels of storage and has secured government approval to load and unload vessels of up to 65,000 deadweight tons.
Environmental concerns related to increased congestion are being raised about a $3 billion expansion and upgrade of San Diego International Airport. The scrutiny could cause a slight rewrite of the project's environmental impact report, which officials say is no longer on track to be completed by the end of 2018.
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding consultations to determine whether to allow oil and natural gas drillers to dump wastewater into rivers and streams by amending federal water standards, said Lee Forsgren, deputy assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Water. Treating drilling wastewater to discharge it into bodies of water is uneconomical with current technology and regulations, industry experts say.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has released a potentially $1 billion Resilient Boston Harbor plan to help guard the city's waterfront against rising sea levels. It entails restoring 122 acres of marshes, creating 67 acres of open space and elevating certain areas of the shoreline susceptible to flooding.
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