LafargeHolcim and IBM are collaborating on a digital materials platform that could reduce carbon emissions from road construction in half and cut project costs by one-third. The platform, known as ORIS, could also help triple road durability and usage life spans.
Anil Chopra has published a book that offers a comprehensive look at how seismic analysis, design and safety evaluation of concrete dams has progressed over the past 50 years. It covers the limitations of dynamic analysis and the contemporary methods to overcome them.
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, a Princeton University emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering, has focused throughout his career on water management and notes the lessons humanity can learn from plants. He has worked with colleagues across disciplines to develop key mathematical models that account for rainfall, geological, soil and vegetation features to explain how living systems work.
The 6.4-mile Texas State Highway 249 segment from Pinehurst to Magnolia will open to traffic Saturday, with tolling to begin in the fall. The segment is part of a 25.5-mile, $798.6 million Highway 249 toll road extension project from Pinehurst to Navasota.
The Maryland Transportation Authority has implemented permanent all-electronic tolling throughout the state switching to it temporarily beginning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. "By combining innovation, safety and savings, this truly is a win-win for the state government and for everyone who travels in our great state," said Gov. Larry Hogan.
As revenues from gas and diesel fuel taxes decline, the future of highway funding is through tolling at the state level, according to Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. "I think the states are in a position to lead this process because state governments, believe it or not, are trusted more than the federal government," Poole said.
The AZ511 travel planner app, which allows public access to Arizona Department of Transportation traffic cameras, has been released by the department. The app also provides real-time data from the DOT and offers a mode for safe dashboard mounting.
A decrease in traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic has the Serbian government projecting a 20% decline in toll revenue this year. Toll road travel was down by about 5.4 million vehicles year-over-year by Aug. 3, said Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic.
Repairs for the cracked West Seattle Bridge could cost between $160 million and $225 million by the end of 2021, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. Seattle could shift $70 million in city money to facilitate the repairs, while the SDOT says it plans to borrow $100 million using bonds and take out an additional internal loan.
The Maine Turnpike Authority is not looking for license plates from certain states or tracking vehicles, according to Turnpike spokesperson Erin Courtney. Social media posts have claimed the Turnpike Authority is attempting to identify Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents who are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine or provide proof of a negative coronavirus test within three days of arriving in Maine.