Eliminating or reducing joints in an industrial floor can improve the floor's durability, but load capacity and transfer must be accounted for. Hanley Wood's Bill Palmer offers five technologies for contractors to consider when looking to increase the joint spacing in a slab, beginning with synthetic macrofibers and shrinkage-compensating concrete.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has qualified 18 counties in North Carolina to receive federal aid. The since-downgraded Hurricane Florence continues to bring heavy rainfall to the state, and nearly one-third of the homes in New Bern, N.C., have been flooded.
A project to build a new crossing over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington was scrapped in 2014, but the two states are looking to renew negotiations. Vancouver, Wash., Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle is considering an "apology tour" to help bring Oregon's negotiators back to the table.
New Jersey's Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, by one measure considered the oldest nuclear power plant in the country, has gone offline. The plant began producing energy in 1969, but the economics associated with nuclear power generation have become more challenging in recent years.
New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island now have toll collection reciprocity agreements with Massachusetts that facilitate collections of tolls incurred by motorists without transponders who did not pay. Massachusetts also anticipates having reciprocity with New York when negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are completed.
The completion date for the Highway 99 Tunnel in Seattle has been moved to 2019. The Washington Department of Transportation will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct three weeks before the tunnel opens, which will create travel complications.
The toll station in Kolsh, Albania, opened uneventfully Monday. Tolls for residents were lowered from five euros to less than one euro after protesters burned down toll booths and had confrontations with law enforcement in March.
The Florida Department of Transportation met with designers and contractors at a forum and discussed the Howard Frankland replacement project, which is anticipated to cost around $800 million. The replacement bridge is expected to have two toll express lanes and four general purpose lanes in each direction, with work expected to be finished in 2024.