Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., are considering ways the effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be used to advance plans to make the city carbon-neutral by 2030. The pandemic is more sharply focusing attention on the city's declaration of a climate crisis last fall and an ensuing plan for six core carbon-curbing strategies.
Engineering successes and best practices for managing water for a sustainable future are included in a new e-book from the UK's Institution of Civil Engineers and publisher St. James House. "Urgent Action Water" explores ideas and people contributing to the United Nations' sustainable development goals relating to water projects and "ensuring communities have access to clean water and sanitation," said ICE engineering knowledge director Mark Hansford.
AGC wants the Small Business Administration to revise or replace eligibility guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program to clarify that firms with 500 or fewer employees qualify, regardless of revenue. The SBA's secondary qualification is "needlessly delaying the loan applications of thousands of construction firms that clearly would meet the statutory threshold," AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr says.
More New York City construction sites have been labeled as emergency work, raising the number of sites where construction can continue to 781 from 402 as of Friday. Under the state's pandemic rules, construction can continue for utilities, transit, health care, homeless shelters and affordable housing.
Crews with the Grand Parkway, or State Highway 99, project are gearing up to build bridges that travel over US 59 in Houston. The coronavirus pandemic hasn't deterred progress, but safety meetings have been conducted by conference call, says Chris Neill, PR manager for Grand Parkway Infrastructure.
Parts of the Resorts World Las Vegas project are being shut down periodically for sanitization after a third worker has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Nevada is letting construction continue as an essential activity, but contractors are urged to take precautions.
Modular construction could ease a need for hospital beds during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say. "Almost every manufacturer I've talked to has pledged to put all of their production aside and dedicate their lines to health care," EIR Healthcare CEO Grant Geiger says.
Contractors can resume work on four Pennsylvania Turnpike projects totaling $530.1 million, according to the governor's office. However, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission must receive an accepted COVID-19 safety plan from contractors before work can restart.
Cashless tolling will become more common after the coronavirus pandemic, as it is faster than allowing cash payments, reduces traffic congestion and helps drivers conserve fuel, according to experts. "This crisis is going to accelerate a process that was already happening," said Maryland Delegate Alfred Carr.
Four toll road gates in Jakarta, Indonesia, showed a 10% increase in rush-hour traffic Monday compared to the same day the previous week, according to Sambodo Purnomo Yugo of the Metro Jaya Police traffic corps. The increase comes even as the city has extended its emergency status until April 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.