The latest Global Infrastructure Industry Survey finds waning confidence that infrastructure projects will be able to attract investment after the coronavirus pandemic. Only 5% of industry leaders say investment will "increase significantly," down from 34% before the pandemic.
The Bourne and Sagamore bridges over Cape Cod Canal will be replaced in light of a recommendation from the Army Corps of Engineers. Engineers suggest two wider spans near the old ones, but the USACE must finalize the design and funding strategy of the $1 billion project.
Federal funding for construction in Arizona hinges on the US census, prompting the state Department of Transportation to urge residents to complete the form. At stake is about $3,000 per person that flows to Arizona from federal coffers annually.
Connecticut will conduct its state Bond Commission meeting via teleconference to ensure municipalities receive $1 billion in infrastructure improvement money. Also at stake is new federal funding that might be available in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Urban transportation infrastructure in Canada will need a paradigm shift after the coronavirus pandemic ends, writes Brent Bellamy, creative director at Number Ten Architectural Group. Cities need more ways for residents to commute safely and without crowding on foot and by bicycle, and Winnipeg has a promising plan of the sort that includes 50 miles of protected bike lanes.
France's Vincent Callebaut Architectures is proposing a timber skyscraper for Cebu, Philippines, that would be festooned with more than 30,000 plants, shrubs and trees. Dubbed "The Rainbow Tree," the 32-story tower would also feature advanced renewable energy as well as passive heating and cooling systems.
Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., are considering ways the effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be used to advance plans to make the city carbon-neutral by 2030. The pandemic is more sharply focusing attention on the city's declaration of a climate crisis last fall and an ensuing plan for six core carbon-curbing strategies.
Engineering successes and best practices for managing water for a sustainable future are included in a new e-book from the UK's Institution of Civil Engineers and publisher St. James House. "Urgent Action Water" explores ideas and people contributing to the United Nations' sustainable development goals relating to water projects and "ensuring communities have access to clean water and sanitation," said ICE engineering knowledge director Mark Hansford.
AGC wants the Small Business Administration to revise or replace eligibility guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program to clarify that firms with 500 or fewer employees qualify, regardless of revenue. The SBA's secondary qualification is "needlessly delaying the loan applications of thousands of construction firms that clearly would meet the statutory threshold," AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr says.
More New York City construction sites have been labeled as emergency work, raising the number of sites where construction can continue to 781 from 402 as of Friday. Under the state's pandemic rules, construction can continue for utilities, transit, health care, homeless shelters and affordable housing.
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