How should Texas act to prevent hurricane devastation like what Harvey wrought a year ago? Members of the Texas Section have just issued a report with their recommendations. Read their lessons to learn from Harvey and the actions they call on state officials to take.
Last week's bridge collapse in Italy prompted NBC's "Today" show to examine the state of U.S. bridges, including comments from ASCE Senior Managing Director Casey Dinges: "The nation needs to step up and make more investments in its infrastructure." Watch the report.
Uber responded to consultant Bruce Schaller's findings that the growth of ride-sharing services in Seattle added around 94 million miles driven in 2017 by recommending congestion pricing rather than regulatory constraints. "Congestion pricing would mean that everyone using Seattle's roads ... pays their fair share to help reduce congestion and improve our public transit system," said Uber spokesman Nathan Hambley.
The State Road and Tollway Authority in Georgia has revoked the 90-cent-per-mile maximum toll on Interstate 75 express lanes in two counties and repealed the maximum toll charge on Interstate 85 lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. An agency official said the move will help keep traffic flowing in the state's express lanes.
Memphis and the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology have developed a system to predict the adoption of connected autonomous vehicles. Among the study's findings: Giving up control of the vehicle was a more significant deterrent to adoption than safety concerns; improved social status is the least important incentive to owning such a vehicle; and the risk of virus attack is the most important barrier to adoption.
A general contractor and architect have not been selected yet for Unicorp National Developments' $200 million mixed-use project in Daytona Beach, Fla., which is slated to begin construction next year. The project will entail 300 luxury apartments, 200 homes and about 200,000 square feet of retail.
The $3 billion American Dream Meadowlands, believed to be one of the most expensive retail projects in the world, is set to open in the spring The project will be 55% entertainment and 45% retail, and 30 and 40 million people are expected to visit the facility within the first year.
The US General Services Administration has opened a 100,000-square-foot building to speed up processing for US-bound travelers at the US-Mexico border in San Diego, Calif. The building is the second part of a three-phase, $741 million expansion led by Stantec and Hensel Phelps, which so far have reconstructed the port's pedestrian and bus inspection areas and renovated the port's historical Customs House.
Stabilizing soil runoff and capping abandoned wells have created construction challenges for contractors working on a 13-mile, $800 million toll road being built on undeveloped land in Pennsylvania. The soil issue has been described as "at best difficult," while the situation with undocumented and old wells is largely unprecedented for the turnpike staff.
Contractors and union are near full employment in St. Louis, but companies are worried about finding the next generation of workers. While not at the level of a crisis yet, "it's a looming storm in construction," says Tom Finan, executive director of Construction Forum St. Louis.
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