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1/21/2022

A milestone was reached in the Florida project to build a passenger rail link between Orlando and West Palm Beach as Brightline ran a test train into Stuart on Tuesday. The $4.5 billion line is expected to be up and running in about a year.

1/21/2022

The Blue Line trolley extension in San Diego cost twice as much per mile to build as the national average for such projects, according to a study by the University of California at Berkeley. However, study co-author Ethan Elkind notes that the project was completed in five years, stayed within budget, and was finished in almost half the time taken on similar projects.

1/21/2022

The American Society of Civil Engineers has launched a site to help members learn more on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The IIJA Implementation Resource Center features "open grant applications, announcements on funding decisions, opportunities to influence implementation and upcoming deadlines, all sorted by Report Card category," according to a press release.

1/21/2022

The innovative financing behind the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion's public-private partnership has earned the project an Americas P3 Deal of the Year award from Project Finance International. The $2.75 billion project, which is designed to protect the metro area encompassing Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., from extreme flooding, is also the first to achieve a financial close under the US Army Corps of Engineers' P3 pilot program.

1/21/2022

Manual procedures make the management of construction materials on transportation projects burdensome, writes HeadLight CEO George White. Digitization can provide an answer, but only if systems have open architecture and cloud-based access, so that key data is stored in a central repository.

SmartTake: HeadLight's advocacy on this topic isn't limited to thought pieces. It is part of the Coalition for Smarter Infrastructure Investments, which has been campaigning for bureaucratic changes that incentivize the use of digital technologies that make infrastructure projects more efficient. With material shortages taking center stage in construction right now, anything that streamlines the process adds value. --Evan

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1/21/2022

Buro Happold has become the latest engineering firm to sign onto the pledge to greatly reduce carbon emissions led by the American Society of Civil Engineers' Structural Engineering Institute. The pledge sets a target date of 2050, but Buro Happold had already set its sights on halving embodied carbon by 2030.

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1/21/2022

Possible complications from groundwater should be carefully conceptualized and modeled early in civil projects to avoid costly solutions later, advises UK groundwater expert Martin Preene. But good models depend on good data that, among other things, take into account significant variations in groundwater at different times of year.

1/21/2022

Choosing the most efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of solid waste can be tricky, but a new open-source software from researchers at North Carolina State University can help. Users of the Solid Waste Optimization Life-cycle in Python tool get a quick, data-based assessment of their current operations, as well as a suggested combination of processes to help meet their goals.

1/21/2022

PLUS Malaysia Berhad has formally apologized for a problem with the implementation of its radio frequency identification system which led to congestion at several toll plazas. SmartTAG lanes will be reinstated at key plazas to relieve the problem.

1/21/2022

A toll increase of 50 cents per year for three years was approved Thursday by New Jersey's Cape May County Bridge Commission. The initial increase will take effect in March, with further increases to take effect in February 2023 and 2024.