Maryland officials are seeking private partners to construct and manage tolled lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland, and a document about the project has been released prior to a meeting with potential partners. The first phase is estimated to cost $2 billion to $5 billion, and the state hopes to have a partner selected by the end of 2020.
Australian toll operator EastLink recently surveyed 18,000 drivers and found people have not embraced the idea of fully autonomous vehicles being safe. "When it comes to minimum acceptable safety, a significant proportion of people have unrealistic, unachievable expectations, which will be a significant hurdle for the autonomous vehicle industry to overcome," EastLink spokesman Doug Spencer-Roy said.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation wants to expand Interstate 49, but a recent study found that tolls alone were not enough to fund the project. The work is estimated to cost $776 million with annual operation and maintenance costs of $118 million, but the project would only generate $243 million annually, according to a revenue analysis.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is expected to chair the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when Democrats take control of Congress next year, and he supports the idea of raising gasoline taxes to fund infrastructure. He said the midterm elections showed doing do is not a political third rail.
The British Embassy in Mexico has tapped consultant HKA to take lessons from the UK and lead a gap analysis to discern the state of building information modeling in Mexico. The analysis is part of the embassy's Prosperity Fund Future Cities program to support economic growth by improving infrastructure.
Autodesk will add a cost-management application to BIM 360 that will allow users to track a project's financial information in a single source. The update will be available in a limited pre-release next month.
The seating bowl and supporting structures of the Texas Rangers' $1.1 billion Globe Life Field are beginning to take shape, and the baseball stadium is expected to be ready for the 2020 season. An adjacent Loews hotel under construction should be finished next year.
A manager's primary purpose is to do everything in his or her power to help employees succeed, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. Among the multiple options leaders have when faced with dysfunction, finding solutions and actively intervening are the most effective, says Baldoni.
In areas where the northern California wildfire has been extinguished, ASCE members are assessing and tagging structures for safety. Read how Society members have stepped up to volunteer amid the crisis. Learn where you can make donations to aid wildfire victims.