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.
Parks that provide serenity and recreation can also help protect cities from the ravages of stormwater. Examples in New York City and Wilmington, Del., show how parks can serve as water-absorbing wetlands and drainage locations to channel water into rivers and away from city structures and basements.
Realizing the high aspirations of the proposed Green New Deal will entail "imagining public works as we've never seen them before," writes Diana Budds. That paradigm shift could include "green" versions of governmental agencies that prioritize sustainable solutions for brownfields, agriculture, coastlines, forest management, water management and low-carbon housing, says resilience expert Kate Orff.
Renee VanSickle quickly switched from accounting to engineering in college and hasn't looked back, now serving as floodplain administrator and stormwater engineer in Columbus, Ohio. VanSickle considers herself a role model for girls in what continues to be a male-dominated field but also finds satisfaction in "helping protect the environment and getting to use my engineering background in my everyday work."
The Harris County Toll Road Authority says it will waive tolls on some Houston-area roads "because of high water on the frontage roads," hoping it will allow traffic to move as needed in the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda. The HCTRA says it will continue to monitor conditions and update drivers.
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