Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney has unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to redevelop the area around the Richmond Coliseum, but attention must be given to infrastructure to support this development and upgrade failing infrastructure statewide, the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates this would require at least $40 billion, and the state is experimenting with public-private partnerships and legislation that creates revenue.
Paradise, Calif., devastated by last year's Camp Fire, needs a sewer system estimated to cost $80 million. The state has offered $800,000, and the USDA has pledged $172,000, and an environmental review is necessary before design and construction can begin.
Many of the 3,600 buildings at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California suffered damage in last month's earthquakes, and experts currently estimate it will cost $2.2 billion to repair or replace them and an extra $3 billion to repair or replace other damaged assets. About 20% of the site's buildings are either unsafe or restricted in use, according to Capt. Mark K. Edelson, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.
A new technology applied in Bayonne, N.J., identifies sewer blockages so they can be addressed before they create problems in the event of heavy rains. The Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool sends sonic waves through a pipe to be detected and assessed with a receiver, revealing blockages that can be remedied with high-pressure water jets.
Open spaces such as city parks often serve as safe places for the public to gather in the wake of an earthquake, but few of them are equipped to handle such an event, according to researchers at the University of Guelph, University of Alberta and Texas A&M University. City planners should proactively prepare for seismic resilience by making parks multifunctional spaces, researchers say.
Work is progressing on a $31 million extension of Pier 26 on the Hudson River that uses steel pipe piles and concrete panels to support a breakwater composed of nearly 1,600 boulders. The structure will also protect a wetland tidal pool with native vegetation.
Cities can improve procurement by dividing it into separate modules and inviting vendors to carry out small-scale demonstrations of their products, writes UrbanLeap's Jeremy Devray-Benichou. Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburgh have benefited from being able to identify potential failures earlier, Devray-Benichou writes.
Michael Shcwarz, Mircrosoft's chief economist, said at the IBTTA Summit that satellite tolling has the potential to support "ubiquitous congestion pricing" by tolling small amounts continuously rather than large tolls to enter cities, for example. While satellite tolling may be unpopular politically, it could push transportation toward higher rates of car-pooling and ride-sharing.
The Florida Department of Transportation reassigned Paul Wai, who was executive director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise last year during the failed roll out of SunPass. Wai will be replaced by Nicola Liquori, currently CEO of Central Florida's commuter rail system SunRail.
The Florida Department of Transportation is widening Interstate 275, part of the Gateway Expressway project started in 2017. The $596 million project includes two new four-lane tolled roads and expanded toll lanes on I-275.
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