US cities are developing more sophisticated strategies to seek foreign direct investment, targeting specific companies to supplement established industry clusters. An example is Wichita, Kan., which has leveraged its aerospace expertise to gain investment from Dassault Systemes of France and Netherlands-based Airbus.
Tropical Storm Imelda's remnants brought additional heavy rain to southeastern Texas on Thursday, with dozens of inches falling in some places, and the storm is prompting comparisons to 2017's Hurricane Harvey, although meteorologists emphasized that Harvey was more severe. At least two deaths have resulted from Imelda, and 13 Texas counties are under a disaster declaration by Gov. Greg Abbott.
General Motors is making a bet on electric and self-driving vehicles, with CEO Mary Barra noting that climate science and the regulatory environment make "pretty clear that to win in the future," driverless and electric vehicles are the path to take. Barra expects GM to eventually have 1 million in annual electric vehicle sales.
Lyft is adding bike lanes to its app so biking customers feel more protected. The lanes will show up as dark green or dotted green lines depending on if they're protected or not, and the feature is rolling out first for iOS and soon for Android -- in markets in which the company offers bike- and scooter-sharing.
A revised financial plan from New Jersey Transit for the Portal North Bridge Project seeks about $811 million in federal funding to replace the 108-year-old bridge with a fixed span. The plan comes in response to feedback from the Federal Transit Administration and the US Transportation Department, and the federal money would supplement $600 million from NJ Transit and $55 million from Amtrak.
A $240 million infrastructure project will transform how travelers reach Hilton Head Island, S.C. The project, schedule to launch in 2023, is part of a US 278 corridor project, and the state Department of Transportation has put forward proposals that focus on expanding the capacity of the four bridges connecting the island to the mainland.
The Comite River Diversion Canal, which would address flooding risk by channeling water from Louisiana's Comite River away from the Amite River and into the Mississippi River, has taken a step forward with a key bridge agreement. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas City Southern railroad have formed a joint maintenance plan for a canal-spanning bridge.
The Allegheny County, Pa., Sanitary Authority's revised plan to reduce stormwater flow into rivers still relies on underground storage tunnels. The plan to meet federal and state requirements calls for more than 15 miles of 14-foot-diameter tunnels along Pittsburgh's rivers but adds green infrastructure components, such as bioswales, wetlands and permeable pavement.
Crews are working on emergency repairs to a navigation lock at Bonneville Lock & Dam with the goal of reopening it by the end of the month. Workers are overhauling the lock's cracked concrete sill after inspections showed water was able to penetrate underneath it because of failed sealant between it and the lock floor.
Hurricane Dorian destroyed as much as three-quarters of buildings on some islands in the Bahamas, according to satellite-based estimates, and lesser damage was widespread as well. But a report by the University of Florida's Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment notes that some structures performed well, including the Marsh Harbour Healthcare Center, which served as a storm shelter.
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