The first disbursement from the infrastructure law will be $7.4 billion for improving water quality and access, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Biden administration is urging state and local officials to prioritize historically underserved communities in efforts to replace lead pipes and remove per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
Internal design work for a planned $10 billion Interstate 45 project in Houston can go ahead while possible civil rights and environmental issues are considered. Federal officials said the Texas Department of Transportation may proceed for the time being as the effects the project could have on low-income neighborhoods are taken into account.
Construction on the first phase of a long-planned 6-mile expressway to connect the Port of Tacoma with Interstate 5 in Washington state will begin next year. Guy F. Atkinson Construction's work on the $367 million 2-mile-long first section is expected to take four years, with a 2028 opening planned for the remaining section.
The acquisition of 3.2 acres of land by the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has cleared the way for construction to begin as early as spring on the Northeast Georgia Inland Port. The new port will serve as a direct link to the Port of Savannah from the Gateway Industrial Centre near Gainesville and to the Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor.
Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline is advancing its $300 million plan to replace a 123-mile-long oil pipeline in Southern California that caused a massive coastal oil spill in 2015. Regulators will consider the contested project in the new year even as California plans for a future free of fossil fuels.
Louisiana legislators have approved $23 million in funding for 29 statewide water and sewer system projects, leaving most of the $300 million in federal aid for such work still to be disbursed. Federal authorities estimate the state needs $7.3 billion over 20 years for drinking water infrastructure.
A dispute over land value has brought work to a halt on the $760 million West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Levee in Louisiana. At issue is 364 acres of land owned by Nature Land Co. that the levee district has filed to expropriate for $492,800.
Michigan is in the midst of a water affordability crisis that could follow a troublesome trajectory without equity-based actions, such as banning water shutoffs for low-income households and requiring greater data transparency from state utilities, according to a new report. Average inflation-adjusted water costs in Michigan have roughly doubled since 1980, and those costs tripled in Detroit and Flint between 1980 and 2018, the report found.
The cost-saving temptation to use other engineers' design documents for steel fabrications can present problems when they're not as adaptable to new projects as expected, project engineer Jason McCool writes. McCool reviews three of the top 10 issues that tend to crop up: inapplicable details, contradictory specifications and outdated references.
Architecture firms that hesitate to adopt new technologies run the risk of losing clients, according to a new report by the American Institute of Architects. The AIA report reviews adoption inhibitors and common technology usage, noting that while larger firms are more likely to adopt new technologies, technology makes it easier for small and medium firms to compete with them.
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