The results of 2018 midterm elections could have a significant impact on the construction industry as debates over infrastructure ensue. Issues to keep an eye on are potential construction of a border wall, the California bullet train, the San Joaquin Delta project, the battle between environmentalism and new construction, and whether to raise the federal gas tax to finance infrastructure.
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board approved the long-term Visualize 2045 transportation plan that includes a list of 600 potential highway and transit projects for the Washington, D.C., area. While it can evolve over time, Visualize 2045 already has drawn criticism for not emphasizing future technology and for prioritizing roadways over transit.
How can engineers factor the potential effects of climate change into their projects? Watch and learn what experts had to say at the ASCE Convention's Industry Leaders Forum.
Discover the state of the art in exploring the causes of infrastructure failures, design errors, and construction defects. ASCE's eighth Forensic Engineering Congress is set for Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Austin, Texas. Don't miss an event held only every three years. Register today.
Ride-sharing services have caused rapid transformation in the transportation industry, but that will pale in comparison to the radical change that autonomous vehicles are likely to cause, writes transportation expert Samuel Schwartz. Vehicle designer Dan Sturges has said the elimination of the steering wheel could significantly alter vehicle design, and autonomous vehicles might mean that motorcycles will be considered too big of a safety risk.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has started digging the tunnel for the final components of the Purple Line, and although the whole project isn't expected to be finished until 2026, it is already affecting development plans adjacent to the route. Construction recently was completed on an 18-story building, and density is expected to increase near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Los Angeles Metro is testing soil for the Metro Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Improvements Project, which likely will cost at least $320 million. A bus rapid transit line eventually will be converted into a light rail line, and the soil testing will help determine the site's suitability to support overhead bridges.
An offshore wind auction in December will feature about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts that could provide 1.5 million homes with wind power. Meanwhile, an environmental review is starting for Deepwater Wind's proposed 15-turbine project off Long Island, N.Y.
Civil engineering students at Indiana universities can apply for scholarships and paid positions as part of an Indiana Department of Transportation program. Applications for 2019-20 school year are due by the end of 2018.
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