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10/15/2021

A new and less intrusive method to halt the sinking of San Francisco's Millennium Tower has passed its initial test. Shimmick Construction managed to position a 36-inch-diameter pilot pile casing as part of a plan to counter the 17 inches the building has sunk so far.

10/15/2021

Contractors with the Florida Department of Transportation are set to begin construction next week on a $145 million project in in Ellenton that will involve widening Interstate 75 and transitioning US 301 to a diamond design. The project also includes construction of two new bridges crossing the Manatee River.

10/15/2021

Shovels hit the dirt this week on a nearly $35 million agricultural export facility for Port Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The center at Jones Island will allow products to be loaded directly onto vessels for export rather than be transported down the Mississippi River.

10/15/2021

Construction is expected to begin in the spring on an expansion of the Fresno Yosemite International Airport terminal in California. Officials have presented a rendering of the $100.73 million plan, which is designed to allow for further expansion in the future.

10/15/2021

Chicago would be a major passenger rail hub, and smaller hubs could be created in other cities under a 40-year plan by the Federal Railroad Administration to extend service to at least a dozen Midwest cities. Among the cities to benefit would be Columbus, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Madison, Wis.; the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; and Wichita, Kan., said Laura Kliewer, director of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

10/15/2021

Carlsbad, N.M., is asking construction companies to submit bids to rehabilitate the city's Bataan Sewer Lift Station. The City Council approved a measure to proceed with bidding for the estimated $3 million project, with the city seeking an allocation of $1.5 million in 2023.

10/15/2021

The latest oil spill off the Southern California coast is likely to be around 25,000 gallons -- much lower than originally feared, according to the Coast Guard. The cause of the leak in the line, owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy, is being investigated.

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The Associated Press
10/15/2021

A new plan issued by the Biden administration tasks federal financial regulators and budget offices to create frameworks that gauge dangers posed by climate change and effects on federal operations and services. The plan includes previously announced updates to building codes in relation to the National Flood Insurance Program. It also calls on the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs to take into account climate factors for their home loan programs.

SmartTake: Though all of this impacts how built environments are created and maintained, pages 30-35 of the executive order speak specifically about infrastructure.

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The Hill, CNBC
10/15/2021

Given a choice between the traditional gas tax and an experimental per-mile road usage tax, few Oregon motorists are excited about the latter, according to the state Department of Transportation. The mileage alternative started six years ago in a bid to help make up for the loss of revenue from non-gas-using electric vehicles, but the initial 1,200 participating drivers has since shrunk to 765.

10/15/2021

The Energy Department plans to introduce smart controls and sensors into more than 7,000 buildings nationwide in $61 million worth of energy efficiency pilot programs. The new grid-interactive efficient buildings, or GEBs, will link to the power grid and serve to reduce consumption during peak periods while curbing carbon emissions.