Ark. proposes $3.6B, 20-year plan for roadwork | GAO finds spotty attention to climate change at military bases | Calif. raising gas tax again to fix roads, bridges
June 14, 2019
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Ark. proposes $3.6B, 20-year plan for roadwork
The Arkansas Transportation Department has shared a map with the Highway Commission outlining 31 capital and congestion-relief projects worth $3.6 billion. Funds for the 20-year plan hang largely on voter approval of continuation of a half-percent sales tax.
The Associated Press (6/13),  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (6/13) 
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Infrastructure Watch
GAO finds spotty attention to climate change at military bases
Of the 23 US domestic military facilities recently studied by the Government Accountability Office, only one has accounted for climate change at the design phase, the office reports. Fifteen have begun to heed Pentagon guidance on the matter, the GAO says, leaving eight facilities that have yet to incorporate climate projections in their infrastructure planning.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Calif. raising gas tax again to fix roads, bridges
A gas tax increase of 12 cents per gallon signed into law in 2017 has helped pay for $121 million in bridge and culvert work in California, but the state needs additional funds. An increase of 6 cents per gallon takes effect in July, and 2 cents per gallon will be added in 2020.
KTVU-TV (Oakland, Calif.) (6/13) 
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Toll road feasibility study proposed for Mich. transportation budget
A Michigan lawmaker has proposed an amendment to the state's transportation budget to include a toll road feasibility study. US toll agencies collected $13 billion in tolls on 5,932 miles of road in 35 states in 2013, according to a 2015 study by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Detroit Free Press (6/13) 
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Trends & Technology
The advantages, disadvantages of steel frame construction
Steel frame construction offers strength, durability, ease of fabrication and resistance to fire, moisture and pests. Disadvantages include thermal conductivity and less flexibility on the construction site.
GineersNow (Dubai) (6/13) 
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Government study looks at effects of truck platooning
The Federal Highway Administration is studying the potential effects of truck platooning on infrastructure. Platooning uses connected and autonomous vehicle technology to allow multiple trucks to move together in a close formation to save fuel and reduce congestion.
Transport Topics (6/12) 
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Sustainable Development
Louisville, Ky., tunnel to control wastewater, stormwater flow
Louisville, Ky., has showcased a $200 million, 18-story tunnel it is building as part of a $1.15 billion project to curtail sewer overflow. The city's waterways get inundated with more than 5 billion gallons of wastewater and rainwater overflow annually, according to the project's website.
Insider Louisville (Ky.) (6/12) 
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Advancing the Profession
Could architect work be a viable option for civil engineers?
Some believe that engineers who want to cross over into architecture are likelier to succeed as project architects who manage work than as design architects who mostly deal with aesthetics, writes Randy Williams. Spanish-Swiss structural engineer Santiago Calatrava is proof that engineers can become architects with the right training.
GineersNow (Dubai) (6/13) 
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ASCE News Daily
Future World Vision rises to the sea level challenge
Future World Vision rises to the sea level challenge
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With climate change among the key trends in ASCE's Future World Vision, civil engineers will be pressed to deliver more ways to mitigate flooding. Read why a Florida researcher and ASCE Fellow is optimistic, and learn how engineers can take on the challenge.
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ASCE's review courses will help you pass your P.E. exam
ASCE's review courses will help you pass your P.E. exam
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Be ready for the career leap that licensure brings. ASCE's review courses for the P.E. civil, structural and environmental exams will have you ready to pass. You can even use the handouts on exam day! Courses for the October exams begin Aug. 1. Register now.
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