Washington state wants to begin discussions with Oregon to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, and it recently held its first meeting on the issue to indicate to Oregon how committed the state is. Funding for the bridge could come from state and federal funds, plus tolls.
IVU Traffic Technologies and BestMile have formed a partnership to create the Autonomous Driving for Public Transport project to synchronize the movements of the different vehicles within the public transportation system. They believe the key to incorporating driverless cars onto roadways is to have human-driven and autonomous vehicles work together.
Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, writes that Congress must preserve private activity bonds in tax reform legislation because they're an important financing tool for infrastructure. The Trump administration's infrastructure plan calls for the use of private investment, but that will be more challenging if private activity bonds can no longer be used.
The Trump administration wants to streamline and make more transparent the process of creating public-private partnerships for federal infrastructure projects. The idea is to develop "clear, measurable, objective criteria" so applicants will be able to know whether their project stands a chance of getting funded.
US installations of solar panels are expected to fall 22% to 11.8 gigawatts in 2017, with third-quarter installations falling 51%, according to GTM Research. Reduced residential demand and concerns of potential tariffs on panel imports are holding back growth.
Monroe County, Fla., commissioners want to require the use of metal to replace all damaged or deteriorating roofs instead of shingles. While Florida law allows for upgrades to building standards, it prohibits discrimination "against materials, products or construction techniques of demonstrated capabilities," which could derail the county's efforts.
The demolition of a former Hahman Drug Co. building in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., was made more difficult by the location of 10-inch-thick concrete walls between two buildings that will be preserved. The concrete walls were included in the building's construction to guard against earthquakes after the 1906 disaster destroyed much of the downtown.
Construction has begun on what will be Detroit's tallest building, a 58-story residential tower that represents the downtown's recent resurgence. Bedrock Detroit's $900 million project also includes a second building with 12 floor of retail and conference space.