A ballot measure to increase bridge tolls around the San Francisco area is supported by a coalition of planning, transportation, business and labor organizations. Voters will decide on the measure in June, and Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council believes that "Bay Area commuters battling record traffic are desperate for big investments in our transportation system that will bring meaningful relief."
Andy Leek, director of virtual design and construction at Missouri-based PARIC, explains how his firm transitioned from a paper-based workflow to a digital one. In particular, he discusses how BIM and prefab have become integral to the way the company does business.
The winner among three finalists to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Canada and the US will be announced in June, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority says. Canada's Infrastructure and Communities Ministry says the bridge is the country's No. 1 infrastructure priority, and construction is due to begin in the fall.
Several crumbling bridges in the Washington, D.C., area are among major projects that must be completed as part of Metro Transit's six-year, $8.53 billion capital plan to fix the system's worst parts. Among the projects is the Rhode Island Avenue station, where concrete problems have emerged.
Concrete from the dismantling of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York City is being recycled to build up a 35-acre site in Perth Amboy, N.J. This flood plain on the banks of the Arthur Kill, which flows into the Raritan Bay, needs to be built up between 4 and 8 feet to allow for redevelopment.
AGC Charities raised $195,000 to help Houston construction workers severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. "These checks won't make everything right, but they will help these construction professionals get their lives back on track," said AGC board President Art Daniel of AR Daniel Construction.
Construction has started on the $2.1 billion South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport in Florida, and at its peak, the project will employ 2,200 workers. This is the third attempt to build a new terminal, as the 9/11 terror attacks and the Great Recession derailed earlier efforts.
A master plan is in the works for a sustainable, mixed-use development on 210 acres along the river in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area. The project's organizers hope to have a mix of restaurants, retail stores, small businesses, offices and residential space, as well as walking trails, parks and wetlands.
Civil engineer George Haikalis, president of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, opposes the proposed Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River and contends a different route -- a 2.3-mile tunnel between Hoboken, N.J., and Penn Station -- could more than double rail capacity. The alternative route, including a 1.2-mile, two-track tunnel under 31st Street and Park Avenue to Grand Central Station, would cost $6 billion, compared to the Gateway's $25 billion, and could be completed in four years, he says.
Construction of Interstate 95, the US's longest north-south highway, started 61 years ago, and this year, the road will reach its goal: one continuous interstate in excess of 1,900 miles from Miami to Maine. A gap in the roadway on the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey will finally be closed.