Shawmut Design and Construction relied on cross-laminated timber to expedite work on a new student housing building at Brown University in Rhode Island. However, the material presented training challenges, while the pandemic complicated the project's supply chain.
A $2 billion light-rail project in Minnesota could get a big boost from $929 million in federal grant money if Congress approves it. Work is underway on the 14.5-mile link between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie on a project with a $350 million payroll that's expected to create 7,500 jobs.
The National Bridge Replacement and Improvement Act introduced in the House would address the nation's structurally deficient bridges with a federal grant program. The goal of the bill is to help the Transportation Department eliminate its bridge project backlog by 2032.
As matters stand with US shipping channels, bulk carriers must often lighten their loads to accommodate shallow depths. Simply deepening these channels could greatly increase the capacity of the nation's more than 360 ports and provide an important economic stimulus, writes The Heritage Foundation's Nicolas Loris.
Air Force installations around the country are also home to 123 endangered species, and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center is working with the Fish and Wildlife Service to bring them back. Projects addressing erosion and habitat preservation aim to boost populations in the service's installation areas, which often serve as "the last refuge for some of these species when surrounded by urban development," says Kevin Porteck, AFCEC's Natural Resources Program manager.
State highway departments are hoping infrastructure funding is included in the next coronavirus pandemic relief package from Congress. The highway departments could face $37 billion in budget shortfalls after traffic declines brought about by the pandemic.
The Philippine Department of Transportation has given the San Miguel Corp. toll road status for the proposed South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 5 and Pasig River Expressway projects. The designation allows government officials to begin proposal discussions and finalize concession agreements for the construction of the two roads.
Preparation for the latest phase of deck repairs on the eastbound passing lane of the Newport Pell Bridge is scheduled to begin Tuesday, according to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Phase 3 of the project is expected to continue until the end of November.
Oxbotica has developed a technology for GPS signals that works within big cities where skyscrapers often disrupt them. Even without a GPS signal, the Universal Autonomy technology allows continuous localization and safe control for autonomous vehicles.