Eighty-five road and underground pipe projects aimed at repairing damage caused by Hurricane Katrina are set to begin this year in New Orleans. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $588 million for the projects, all of which should be underway by 2023.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has established an office to develop innovative solutions for traffic congestion while creating transportation equity and economic stimulus. The office's work includes developing a tolling and congestion-pricing program and delivering the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and the Interstate 205 Abernethy Bridge Project.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had $623 million in construction starts last year, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The metro area has spent the past decade repairing infrastructure damaged by floods, and much work remains, says Ron Corbett of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.
Contractors must consider the cost of parts, service and transport, as well as the resale value, before acquiring a concrete slipform paver, says Stephen Bullock, president of Power Curbers. Experts also advise careful consideration of durability, dependability, design and use cases.
Construction-finance software company Built Technologies has acquired Lienwaivers to offer solutions to stakeholders in construction finance. "The real problem we set out to solve was not a construction lending problem as much as it was the recognition [of] the way money moves into the industry and then throughout the industry; the entire construction value chain was really broken," says Chase Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of Built Technologies.
Contractors can promote wellness among workers by offering hydration stations, healthy food, clean air and ways to address stress and anxiety, Stephanie Timm and Jennifer Taranto write. Many guidelines in the WELL Building Standard can be implemented on work sites and in construction trailers, they write.
Forty-five percent of mayors surveyed by Boston University said infrastructure is the most pressing issue of the 2020 election cycle, with roads, water and mass transit ranking as the top three individual priorities. However, some mayors do not appear willing to sacrifice parking space for electric vehicle infrastructure.
Repeated flooding events cause earthen levees to suffer cumulative, yet subtle structural damage that is invisible to the naked eye, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. "Because these levees are aging, and we have limited resources available to maintain them, we need to determine which levees should be prioritized for rehabilitation efforts that will reduce their risk of failure," says doctoral candidate Rowshon Jadid.
Engineers at Duke University have developed a model that can help researchers understand what is happening as a fault builds toward an earthquake. The model illustrates how friction decreases as the speed of the rock slippage increases as the rock changes phases.
Parsons Principal Engineer Nancy Matteoni has figured prominently in bridge construction projects in and around St. Louis in recent years. The 1990 civil engineering graduate of Missouri S&T is taking her expertise underground to focus on tunnels.