Several Democratic candidates for president have demonstrated strong support for labor, but if recent track records are any indication, the commitment will fade if one of them is elected, Jeremy Gantz writes. However, this time around might be different, with popular support for labor on the rise.
In addition to the usual duties, Oregon's next transportation director will be called on to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and determine new ways to fund projects while also managing a $5.3 billion plan to address the state's transit systems, bridges and roads. Matt Garrett left the job last month, and the Oregon Transportation Commission is expected to pick a successor next month.
Culverts nationwide are deteriorating, but authorities may lack the data they need to assess which repair work should take priority. A new study drawing on standard inspection procedures applied to reinforced concrete pipe and corrugated metal pipe commonly used in culverts combines inspection parameters with condition scores to gauge the risk of culvert failure.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is standing by its decision to hire Figg Bridge Group to oversee the second phase of a project to repair and replace structural steel beneath the Arrigoni Bridge. Some expressed concern about the decision due to Figg's work on the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed last year.
Many of the nation's more than 100,000 miles of levees need serious repair to remain effective in the face of flooding, Drake University's Amahia Mallea writes. A study of the system in Kansas City, Mo., reveals the limitations of levees and the need for new approaches that restrict floodplain development and account for climate change.
Net-zero regulations for carbon emissions could send a number of the UK's biggest infrastructure projects back to the drawing board, according to an investigation by New Civil Engineer. In all, 64 projects at the pre-examination or pre-approval stage for development consent orders are likely to be affected.
Technologies that are already available could help the construction industry worldwide reduce global carbon emissions by up to one-third. New York-based AI SpaceFactory believes its work on robot-built habitats for Mars can also point to more eco-friendly practices on Earth.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's Bill Cramer discusses the significance of the Zero Monument in Washington, D.C., and the military road trip that inspired Dwight Eisenhower to champion the interstate highway network. The monument's 100th anniversary was on July 7.
I-77 Mobility Partners reports that Interstate 77 Express lanes saw a total of 182,000 unique vehicles in the 30 days after the northern section lanes opened. Some 12,500 vehicles used the lanes every weekday and a total of 500,000 trips were taken on the lanes. Construction continues on the toll lanes south of North Carolina's Iredell County.
Union minster Nitin Gadkari said that if people want good roads and good services, they must pay tolls. He said that the Indian government does not have money for roads and the funds collected from tolls can be used to build good roads in hilly and rural areas of the country.