Trump open to collaboration on infrastructure spending, Pelosi says | Groundbreaking for $1.5B KCI terminal set for March 25 | Ind. rail projects coming to fruition
March 11, 2019
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Trump open to collaboration on infrastructure spending, Pelosi says
Trump open to collaboration on infrastructure spending, Pelosi says
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said President Donald Trump appears to be willing to collaborate with her to develop infrastructure legislation and address the cost of prescription medication.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (3/8) 
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Groundbreaking for $1.5B KCI terminal set for March 25
With work parameters in place for a new, $1.5 billion terminal at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, officials plan to break ground on the project March 25. The 1 million-square-foot terminal is billed as Kansas City's biggest infrastructure project to date and is expected to create up to 5,000 construction-related jobs.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/7) 
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Ind. rail projects coming to fruition
Two northwest Indiana rail projects in the federal Capital Investment Grants Program stand to benefit from the recent passage of the omnibus budget bill. The West Lake Corridor commuter rail extension and the Double Track recapitalization of the South Shore rail line are part of the region's larger efforts to optimize its proximity to Chicago.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (3/10) 
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Feds approve N.C. toll bridge estimated to cost $440M
A North Carolina Turnpike Authority plan to build a 6.2-mile toll bridge between Corolla and Aydlett now has Federal Highway Administration approval. The development means the authority can pursue right-of-way acquisitions and construction permits for the Currituck Bridge, which could cost $440 million.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (3/10) 
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Brandon-to-St. Petersburg, Fla., expressway taking shape
Crews working on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Extension that will connect Brandon and St. Petersburg, Fla., are racing to meet the project's fall 2020 deadline, with nine of the 55 columns that will support 744 precast segments erected so far. Some 75,000 cubic yards of concrete and 7,800 tons of rebar will go into the making of the expressway.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/7) 
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Trends & Technology
Hard Rock's guitar-shaped tower features complex concrete work
As part of an extensive expansion plan, Hard Rock Hotels is building a 36-story tower shaped like a guitar at its Hollywood, Fla., location, with the $1.5 billion project jointly managed by Suffolk Construction and Yates Construction. Liberty Construction and Baker Concrete installed 36,000 cubic yards of concrete for the tower, overcoming challenging slab edge work and an atypical concrete column formwork.
Engineering News-Record (3/7) 
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Column: Leaders must address privacy concerns of smart cities
Data-driven smart cities offer the promise of a reduced carbon footprint and efficient resource management, but city officials looking to implement the technology should seek public scrutiny regarding privacy and security concerns, Carolyn Fortuna writes.
CleanTechnica (3/8) 
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Sustainable Development
FEMA won't provide $306M for Oroville Dam upper spillway repair
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not reimburse the $306 million California requested for repairs to the upper gated spillway of the Oroville Dam because it was damaged prior to heavy rains in February 2017. The California Department of Water Resources says it cost $1.1 billion to fix the entire dam.
The Associated Press (3/8) 
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Analysis: Bill akin to New Green Deal under consideration in Ill.
Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would put Illinois on the path to 100% renewables while also creating clean energy jobs and implementing social justice reforms similar to those outlined in the Green New Deal, Umair Irfan writes. The bill, for example, would help create business opportunities in communities affected by the decline of fossil fuels.
Vox (3/7) 
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Advancing the Profession
ASCE engages with students at Pa. school
Representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers were on hand for a panel session at North Penn High School in Towamencin Township, Pa., to share their personal stories and tell what lead them to pursue a career in civil engineering. "It was a great look at what actually goes on in an engineer's life," North Penn junior Jachi Adams says.
The Knight Crier (Lansdale, Pa.) (3/7) 
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