A meeting between President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to discuss funding options for a $2 trillion infrastructure package broke down Wednesday, leaving officials to pursue other legislative paths for now. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said he plans to advance "individual pieces of legislation that will make a difference" as well as a surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Macomb County, Mich., needs $2.3 billion is needed to fix county-maintained roads and bridges, according to an analysis by two engineering firms. Out of the roads the city is responsible for maintaining, 42% are in poor condition, according to Bryan Santo, director of the county roads department.
NextEra Energy is pushing legislation that would allow it to repurpose an abandoned iron mine near California's Joshua Tree National Park into a $2.5 billion hydroelectric power plant, but some are concerned that the project will drain the park's groundwater. The company maintains the project and others like it will help the state meet its goals of reaching 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2045.
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $46.4 billion funding bill for energy and water development and related agencies in fiscal 2020. The measure contains an amendment that would increase Everglades restoration funding from $63 million to $200 million.
Today's infrastructure is responsible for moving not just physical things, but also data, said Brian Burkhard, global technology leader for Jacobs, during the RICS World Built Environment Forum. However, stakeholders should be wary, as "digital infrastructure can go obsolescent faster than physical infrastructure," according to Murray Rowden, global head of infrastructure for Turner & Townsend.
Tensar’s Trusted Design Software Gets UpdateFor years, engineers around the world have trusted Tensar's SpectraPave design software to evaluate design options and optimize pavement performance. The updated Pavement Optimization module is intended to help engineers, public agencies, owners, and contractors better understand the true value of using TriAx geogrids in their pavement sections. Learn more.
New York City's Climate Mobilization Act, commonly referred to as its "Green New Deal," could lead to fines on older brick-walled apartment buildings if steps are not taken to curb carbon emissions. Almost 20% of buildings in the city would face a penalty in 2024 based on current energy-use patterns, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
The winning entries in the C40 Reinventing Cities competition include urban rooftop farms and "breathing walls" that reclaim energy and filter air. The winners will now implement their ideas to help make various cities carbon-neutral.
Civil engineers today can embrace their roles as environmental and social stewards by developing adaptive, climate-resilient designs, supporting emergency response and recovery activities, and creating connected roadways with enhanced public safety and less congestion, Jeff Link writes.
San Francisco Bay and its watersheds remain polluted by toxic polychlorinated biphenyls from decades past, and other contaminants associated with stormwater runoff. A new study in ASCE's Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment explores green infrastructure retrofit solutions that also prove to be cost-effective. Review the study free for a limited time in the ASCE Library.
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