North Dakota must generate an extra $2 billion to properly repair and maintain roads and bridges, according to a report by the Greater North Dakota Chamber. The report acknowledges legislative attempts to address the problem but notes more action is required.
Enbridge has made a semantic appeal to the Biden administration for the company's oil pipeline tunnel beneath Lake Michigan. The project is opposed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a key Biden supporter, but Enbridge says modernizing the tunnel and making it safer align with the administration's "Build Back Better" mantra for infrastructure.
A much-delayed project to build California's first high-speed rail line is facing yet another delay, with contractors citing unpredictable land acquisitions by the state. Dragados says the spotty state performance is disrupting subcontractor scheduling and other activities, leading to a two-year holdup that's not accounted for in the project's latest draft business plan.
President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan doesn't do enough to address a "serious public safety issue that affects every state in America," says Lori Spragens, executive director of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. The plan calls for $17 billion for ports and waterways, which include locks and dams, but the association has taken umbrage at what it says is a lack of attention to dam safety.
Design and construction are underway on flood control projects throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The projects are part of a $750 million system that includes floodgates for downtown, protection for other neighborhoods and flood walls and levees along both sides of the Cedar River.
The recent pausing of a Houston highway project by the US Department of Transportation to investigate community impact concerns has emboldened communities nationwide to petition the agency to do the same for projects in their backyards. President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes $20 billion to "redress historic inequities and build the future of transportation infrastructure."
SmartTake: While we're studying the potential neighborhood impact of a larger highway, perhaps we could also discuss ways to alleviate congestion that don't require building more lanes.
The introduction of new technologies in construction is being held back by the difficulty in calculating cost savings over the useful life of a system, according to Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley. The remarks at McKinsey's Global Infrastructure Initiative event this week found wide agreement among delegates, and Bentley called for firms "to move away from thinking only about their deliverables and consider how the data generated during construction could be used to drive better decisions during the operational phase of infrastructure."
Recent approval for nearly 300 MW of floating wind farms off southern England is seen as a key step in the UK's commitment to develop 1 GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2030. The UK's efforts are part of a global push for commercial development and are considered vital for the UK's commitment to net-zero energy emissions by 2050.
Corazon Solar, a planned 200 MW solar farm near Laredo, Texas, is advancing with a $62.9 million commitment from the North American Development Bank. The funding comes after Corazon Solar LLC signed a 10-year tax abatement agreement with Webb County.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are studying the potential of wood-based pulp mill fly ash for use as a cement filler in road construction. Research so far indicates that use of the waste product would yield energy and emission savings while its porousness should mesh well with other materials in cement.
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