Officials revealed five proposed renderings for the planned $8.5 billion 3.4 million-square-foot expansion of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Workers will build an international terminal and two passenger concourses.
An AECOM-led consortium lost out on a bid for a terminal at the Kansas City International Airport, but consortium representatives now say they can do the proposed work for about $1.1 billion less than the winning bidder. The city does not appear to be interested in making any changes to the project, saying it is only working with one developer.
The California State Water Resources Control Board will not issue the necessary permits for a project to raise the height of the Shasta Dam, citing a law preventing agencies from involvement in planning of projects that compromise free flow of the McCloud River. Congress approved $20 million for preconstruction and design work for the $1.4 billion effort last year, but with a new Congress in place, the project could face new funding hurdles.
The International Code Council and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience have developed the first resiliency guidelines, which local communities can use to improve buildings codes. "These benchmarks provide a standard for local and state governments to follow ensuring they are well prepared for the next disaster," ANCR Executive Director Ryan Colker says.
Engineer Lucia Pía Torres says efforts need to be made to recruit and train more women, who often offer different skills and vision. "If we train, accompany and encourage women, who want to continue to increase their knowledge and enhance their skills, promoting and recognizing their development, we will be able to fulfill our main objective: a diverse, balanced, and equitable world, sustainable for the next generation," she says.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association is making further upgrades to TollMiner since last year's rollout of the resource, which offers data management and visualization. The most recent update offers year-over-year traffic and revenue data for all US toll operators, and it allows the tolling industry to present data in a more visual format.
Virginia state senators and delegates introduced legislation this week that proposes tolling Interstate 81 and using the estimated annual $150 million in resulting revenue to improve the highway. Tolls would be 17 cents per mile for trucks and 11 cents per mile for other vehicles, and the six proposed gantries would be 50 miles apart.
The deadline has passed for the West Virginia Parkways Authority's offer of a $24 E-ZPass for three years of unlimited turnpike access, but the authority is still offering $25 one-year unlimited passes. The offer also requires the driver to purchase a $13 transponder.
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which is handling the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the US and Canada, is opening new offices in Detroit and Windsor. The authority also has a new website aimed at providing regularly updated information about the project.
The federal government's partial shutdown is creating concern among state and local transportation agencies as federal funds remain in limbo, often affecting local agencies the hardest. Some agencies are using their reserves or seeking loans to maintain funding levels, and the shutdown also adds uncertainty to their planning for the spring construction season.