China to open world's longest sea bridge | D.C. transportation board approves long-term plan | Gov. Cuomo repeats his call for US money for Hudson River rail tunnel
October 19, 2018
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China to open world's longest sea bridge
China to open world's longest sea bridge
(Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)
The roughly 34-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China is expected to open next week. The sea bridge, believed to be the world's longest, has been lauded as an engineering marvel.
Asia Times (10/18),  USA Online Casino (10/19) 
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Infrastructure Watch
D.C. transportation board approves long-term plan
D.C. transportation board approves long-term plan
(Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board approved the long-term Visualize 2045 transportation plan that includes a list of 600 potential highway and transit projects for the Washington, D.C., area. While it can evolve over time, Visualize 2045 already has drawn criticism for not emphasizing future technology and for prioritizing roadways over transit.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/17),  The Washington Times (10/17) 
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Gov. Cuomo repeats his call for US money for Hudson River rail tunnel
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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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L.A. Purple Line affecting adjacent development
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has started digging the tunnel for the final components of the Purple Line, and although the whole project isn't expected to be finished until 2026, it is already affecting development plans adjacent to the route. Construction recently was completed on an 18-story building, and density is expected to increase near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Architect's Newspaper (10/18) 
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Soil testing started on L.A. light-rail project
Los Angeles Metro is testing soil for the Metro Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Improvements Project, which likely will cost at least $320 million. A bus rapid transit line eventually will be converted into a light rail line, and the soil testing will help determine the site's suitability to support overhead bridges.
Engineering News-Record (10/18) 
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S.C. officials meet with Trump to discuss MOX
South Carolinian political leaders met with President Trump on Thursday to discuss completion of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site. "The president was clearly open to our comments and our concerns," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in a statement.
The Associated Press (10/18),  McClatchy Washington Bureau/The State (Columbia, S.C.) (10/18) 
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Trends & Technology
Report: More major US cities embracing autonomous vehicles
Report: More major US cities embracing autonomous vehicles
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A National League of Cities report states that more than half of the biggest US cities are addressing autonomous vehicles in their long-term transportation planning, compared with less than 10% doing so three years ago. The report recommends that cities starting autonomous-vehicle pilot projects specify goals and metrics before working with private-sector partners, academics and others.
Route Fifty (10/17) 
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Sustainable Development
Wind energy efforts move forward
An offshore wind auction in December will feature about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts that could provide 1.5 million homes with wind power. Meanwhile, an environmental review is starting for Deepwater Wind's proposed 15-turbine project off Long Island, N.Y.
The Associated Press (10/18) 
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JupiterMLP secures financing for Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipeline
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.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Advancing the Profession
Scholarships, paid positions offered to Ind. civil engineering students
Civil engineering students at Indiana universities can apply for scholarships and paid positions as part of an Indiana Department of Transportation program. Applications for 2019-20 school year are due by the end of 2018.
The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) (10/18) 
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ASCE News Daily
Experts address the resilience challenge in civil engineering
Experts address the resilience challenge in civil engineering
How can engineers factor the potential effects of climate change into their projects? Watch and learn what experts had to say at the ASCE Convention's Industry Leaders Forum.
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ASCE's Forensic Congress coming next month
Discover the state of the art in exploring the causes of infrastructure failures, design errors, and construction defects. ASCE's eighth Forensic Engineering Congress is set for Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Austin, Texas. Don't miss an event held only every three years. Register today.
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