New York state is planning to rehabilitate the 1930 vintage Conklingville Dam, with construction to begin as early as late 2023. The state has allocated $20 million for the work and is seeking engineering and oversight proposals.
The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management is helping 25 coastal communities mitigate future flooding with a new grant program. The grants come in four phases with the final two helping communities find engineers and contractors for dozens of projects.
About 4,000 miles of paving are among the improvements that the South Carolina Department of Transportation has been able to implement thanks to increased funding under the 2017 Roads Bill, according to a report by The Road Information Program. However, the report notes challenges remain for an aging transportation system as the state's population continues to grow.
A study by Arizona State University that allowed older and less-abled participants to summon autonomous vehicles as they would with ordinary ride sharing elicited favorable responses. Three-quarters of respondents said they were comfortable riding in AVs alone, and many used the ride option to engage in more outside activities than they would have otherwise.
SmartTake: Pilots like these are encouraging. As we reported earlier this year, one of the greatest hurdles for the autonomous vehicle industry is acceptance among passengers and motorists. - Jaan
The global goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 will require the building industry to reach the halfway point by 2030, according to Victoria Burrows, director of Advancing Net Zero at the World Green Building Council. Part of the challenge is that true net zero involves both operational and embodied carbon.
Warda Ashraf, an assistant civil engineering professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received a $50,000 grant to study the optimal percentage of nanoscale cellulose fibers that could extend the service life of concrete and cement. Most of the work will be lab-based, but there are possibilities for field-level experiments, Ashraf said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a virtual public meeting yesterday to give more details on the plan to toll passenger vehicles entering Manhattan south of 60th Street. The plan could generate about $1 billion per year for the MTA, with E-ZPass users likely to pay a daily peak charge between $9 and $23, while pay-by-mail customers would be charged between $14 and $35.
The cash-only toll booths and lanes are currently not in use, adding to congestion along the West Beltway in Harris County, Texas. The Harris County Toll Road Authority has plans to remove the booths and reopen the lanes as part of their move to all-electronic tolling, although no timeline has been set.
Municipal leaders searching for a new city manager too often do so from a reactive stance, says Rick Cole, who has served as city manager for several California municipalities and also has experience as a mayor and housing adviser. In this Q&A, Cole explains the role of a city manager and why selection committees should "spend less time thinking about what you liked or didn't like" about the previous manager and more time thinking about what the city needs going forward.
Aspen, Colo., has long used a single committee to evaluate grant applications from local organizations, but soon it will refine that process by forming three more focused committees, all of which will consist of volunteers. One committee will handle grants for arts and culture, another for health and human services, and the third for community programs.