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1/15/2021

Burns & McDonnell Caribbean has been selected to manage a rebuild of Puerto Rico's power grid, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The multibillion-dollar project will also modernize the grid and replace a patchwork of repairs made since the hurricane.

1/15/2021

A 53-mile electricity transmission corridor is beginning to take shape in Maine, with access-road plowing and equipment staging underway. Clearing is expected to begin Monday for the New England Clean Energy Connect, which requires a 54-foot-wide path for power lines.

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1/15/2021

Unexpected "poor soils" in the Minneapolis section of a light-rail line under construction will delay the line's completion beyond a target date of 2023, according to the Metropolitan Council. It's unclear whether the delay will raise the cost of the 14.5-mile project.

1/15/2021

The rapid advance of sustainability, data and automation technologies is transforming infrastructure markets and creating disruptions that are only compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, write Blair Chalmers, director at Marsh & McLennan Advantage, and Lawrence Slade, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association. As a result, the magnitude of change will require more than government investment can provide, creating promising new opportunities for the private sector.

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World Economic Forum
1/15/2021

It's largely a mystery where vast global volumes of wastewater containing human excreta go, posing a grave threat to the environment that will only worsen with climate change, writes Jacqueline Thomas, lecturer in Environmental and Humanitarian Engineering at the University of Sydney. What's needed is more and better data to begin to address the problem and meet a United Nations target for clean water and sanitation by 2030.

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The Conversation
1/15/2021

Utah State University is looking to build the state's status as a testing center for electric vehicles as it seeks funding to upgrade the school's Electric Vehicle and Roadway building. Seen as a way to help Utah become the nation's "epicenter" for transportation electrification, the work would require as much as $9.2 million.

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1/15/2021

Regulated by state authorities, developers in Florida would be able to quickly launch projects that could endanger the state's extensive wetlands. That's the fear cited by environmental groups launching a federal court challenge against a decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency to surrender primary regulatory authority for such matters to Florida officials.

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The Associated Press
1/15/2021

A number of improvements are planned for a toll road connecting San Jose, Costa Rica, with nearby Cartago. Costs of the upgrade are estimated at $500 million, with a completion time frame of 12 to 24 months.

1/15/2021

Toll discounts meant to benefit frequent users of Portugal's A22 toll road began on Jan. 11. Rates were reduced between 25% and 55%, with discounts based on the time of day and type of vehicle used.

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The Portugal News
1/15/2021

The Gateway Expressway project in Florida is moving forward this weekend with the temporary closure of the Howard Frankland Bridge. The closure is part of a Pinellas County infrastructure project that will result in two new connecting toll roads.

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WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.)