Officials in Utrecht, the Netherlands, are hopeful that a new multi-story bicycle parking lot with space for 12,500 bicycles will encourage even more people to opt for a combination of cycling and public transit over driving. "We are counting on biking as a healthy and sustainable form of transport for a growing city," says Deputy Mayor Victor Everhardt.
More than 130 State Highway Operation and Protection Program projects are getting a boost with $1.1 billion in funding approved by the California Transportation Commission. The funds, which come from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, let the state Department of Transportation replace or enhance 880 lane miles, 30 bridges and 474 congestion-reducing devices, as well as repair 83 culverts.
A gaming and entertainment facility, a hotel, a sports field complex and a 1-mile racetrack could be coming to 275 acres on Massachusetts' South Shore under a proposal by The Notos Group. The company says the project, worth more than $300 million, could create over 1,000 construction jobs.
Officials are studying the feasibility of placing a light-rail tunnel under the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. The MAX rail system needs to provide more than one train per minute through downtown, a capacity the Metro authority says the system cannot handle without change.
Rising costs associated with regulation, insurance and labor shortages are among the most worrisome factors confronting construction companies in the New York City area, according to a survey by accounting firm Grassi & Co. Even so, construction spending continues to surge, with the New York Building Congress predicting $177 billion over three years.
A sharp downturn in Chicago construction during the Great Recession discouraged younger workers and is contributing to a labor shortage as construction booms in the city, says Dan McLaughlin, former executive director of the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors. As a result, firms are looking beyond the traditional union halls for workers while subcontractors grow cautious of taking on more work than they can handle.
Contractors can digitally monitor the location and operation of heavy equipment through hardware and software from BuildStream. The internet of things solution provides a single dashboard for use anywhere that works with other software and keeps all parties in touch to increase efficiency and cost savings.
California is planning to build what officials say will be the world's largest wildlife crossing over a highway. The $87 million project, now in the design phase, is mostly privately funded and will produce a passage 200 feet over 10 lanes of highway and a feeder road 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Thomas Randall-Page has put a twist on Victorian-era engineering in the form of a square-framed rolling bridge that is cranked manually to revolve along teeth-lined railings. Once fully rotated, the bridge serves as an arch that allows boats to pass through a waterway at Cody Dock in London.
Digital signaling systems for railroads in the UK typically take four work shifts to install, but AECOM has a one-shift solution in the form of a 3D-printed graphene-reinforced polymer arch. The lightweight, 4.5-meter-high arch, currently undergoing tests, can be used in tunnels or open environments.
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