Artisans can now begin rebuilding Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral after authorities declared the site safe for work. The safety determination comes more than two years after a fire burned away the roof and spire. Extensive efforts were undertaken to secure the remaining structure, including installation of an "umbrella" for weather protection.
Ohio's 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is now operational along a 35-mile span of state Route 33. "The tech infrastructure being deployed ... will help develop and advance transportation technologies that will make travel safer for everyone," notes Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
Toyota is seeking a patent for a camera system to track traffic violations committed by nearby cars, storing images on a server. The information could potentially be accessed by law enforcement.
Amazon has permanently barred more than 600 China-based brands after investigating reports of repeated violations of company policies designed to ensure the authenticity of customer reviews. Amazon said it will keep improving its efforts to weed out review abuse and policy violations.
Direct-air-capture technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere would require nearly as much energy as the energy generated by the fossil fuels that produced the CO2, according to Keynumbers, an Australian company specialized in math as a service. Additional energy would then be needed to transport the CO2 and convert into a form that can be stored.
The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers have broken ground on their $1.8 billion Intuit Dome. The privately funded stadium will offer 18,000 seats and include an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza with a basketball court.
A Maine Supreme Court justice will allow New England Clean Energy Connect to proceed with construction of its $1 billion, 145-mile corridor in western Maine. However, litigation over a leased but disputed 1-mile section will continue.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation held spending in line the second half of 2020, but still hasn't produced project and operational estimates needed to improve its spending performance, according to a mandated audit. The audit's conclusions come two years after a $742 million DOT budget gap led to delays in payments to contractors and a $220 million state bailout.
A joint committee of Oregon and Washington lawmakers recently discussed a summer's worth of work by the office in charge of the Interstate 5 bridge replacement between Oregon and Washington. Bridge configuration is the main issue, and the office continues to consider and narrow down the range of options for the number of lanes, whether the new bridge will replace another one and whether a full island interchange will be included.
Persistent labor shortages and supply-chain strains in Louisiana are expected to worsen as contractors begin work to recover from hurricane destruction. Utility outages in some areas are exacerbating matters, and shortages of gypsum board, roofing materials and plastic pipe are expected to continue.
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