Bentley Systems has launched new software tools designed to help construction workers share information and model projects related to highway construction funded through the federal stimulus package. The computer programs include overlay tools that link existing survey data with new models and design specifications, helping to make projects more efficient.
The Utah Department of Transportation plans to introduce reversible lanes next year on 5400 South in Taylorsville to ease traffic congestion. In a modification to the original plan, motorists will be able to turn left from a center lane from some locations. UDOT will install signage every 500 feet indicating which way traffic is moving.
Despite brutal weather conditions and short daylight hours, crews working on a Canadian pipeline system between the cities of Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta, say the project is near completion. Using dual torch mechanical welding, and with multiple crews working on a production-line model, almost 310 miles of new pipeline has now been installed.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined critics asking the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke its decision to categorize future domestic-sourced greenhouse-gas emissions that drift into the air as a "public threat." Dan Borne, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, says the new rule amounts to climate-change legislation and is a "negative incentive" for business. "If EPA regulates carbon dioxide under the [Clean Air Act] without major changes to the legislation, millions of CO2 sources would become major sources and would require permits to operate," he said.