Rep. John Faso, R-NY, said other nations have created infrastructure banks, and he has introduced a bill to create one in the US. The country needs $5 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years.
Artificial intelligence is expected to play a larger role in construction, and connected devices will be the "eyes, ears, nose, and skin" for the buildings of the future. One example is SkySpark Analytics software, which "automatically analyzes building, energy and equipment data to identify issues, faults, and opportunities for improved performance and operational savings."
The Supreme Court has ruled that federal district courts rather than appellate courts should hear challenges to the Waters of the US rule, thus lifting a 2-year-old stay on the Obama administration rule. The Trump administration now will have to rush to rescind and replace it, leaving the slim possibility that it could take effect in some states before that happens.
The government shutdown forced a task force to cancel a Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act meeting in Louisiana, because federal agencies could not attend. The group was expected to approve $115 million in funding for four coastal restoration projects.
Mentor, Ohio, seeks state funding to experiment with a low-cost way to preserve its coastline by using nearby fallen trees. The trees and other wood debris would be positioned to keep beach erosion in check.
Development of natural features such as wetlands is a major part of a draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy. The plan calls for more private and state funding for such efforts under federal budget cuts and, more importantly, encourages better coordination of existing programs under a variety of agencies.
Changing weather patterns should be taken into account in management of the country's Superfund sites, Environmental Protection Agency Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen told Congress recently. The recommendation may conflict with the Trump administration's official policy, which questions researchers' conclusions about the climate.
A Danish study examined the benefits of combining traditional urban drainage infrastructure solutions with real-time control, or RTC. Among other things, researchers found that RTC permitted lower planned storage volume and mitigated overflow problems, suggesting that RTC incorporation during planning stages can contain costs and afford better environmental outcomes.
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The $340 million toll road project in Tarrant County, Texas, should be completed in April. The 9.7-mile Texas 360 extension will run between Arlington and Mansfield, and tolls will cost $1.62 for vehicles with transponders and $2.44 for vehicles without them.