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Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


Report: Infrastructure Needs $163B

About $163 billion will be needed each year—for the next six years—to fix the aging U.S. surface transportation system, a new report calculates.


All Shook Up: Quake Safety Slides Ahead

Tomorrow's homes may be shaken, but not stirred, by major earthquakes if structural research now underway in California remains successful.


U.S. Infrastructure Misses Top 10

The U.S. is falling behind 11 other economies in the latest global ranking of infrastructure competitiveness.


Report: 6 Ways to Rebuild America

Fresh thinking, modern technology and, of course, money are the tools that could revive America's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report.


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


65-Foot Crack Found in WA Dam

Federal, county and independent engineers have mounted an emergency response to safeguard the Wanapum Dam after divers discovered a two-inch-wide, 65-foot-long crack in a spillway pier.


Baja Road Sinks, Nearly Falls into Sea

A busy coastal road in Mexico has collapsed, dropping by nearly 300 feet in some areas and threatening to fall into the Pacific Ocean.


At DOD, Busy Arctic Future Takes Shape

As the ice-locked Arctic is transformed to ocean, unleashing unprecedented shipping traffic and human activity, what will that mean for U.S. ships and infrastructure?


Manufacturers Flag Infrastructure Woes

Calling the deterioration of America's infrastructure a "legacy of past investments," U.S. manufacturers are warning that declining transportation networks will weaken the nation's global co...


Audits Target FHWA’s Bridge Programs

Bridge safety across the United States is getting renewed federal attention with a series of audits aimed at examining the Federal Highway Administration’s management of measures to ensure b...


DoD Raps Corrosion Training, Technology

The U.S. military could fight corrosion damage far more effectively with better cooperation, training and communication among the various service branches, the Department of Defense has conc...


You’re Stuck? There’s An App for That

Apps already flag road and transit glitches, but a new version helps aggravated commuters act on their beef, in the form of an instant note to the appropriate elected official.


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Senate Prioritizes Crumbling Bridges

Bridges that need some urgent TLC could see an extra boost in funding after the Senate passed an amendment to its proposed transportation and housing bill prioritizing bridges in critical co...


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


Bridge Bill Leverages Foreign Capital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed a bill to fix deteriorating roads and bridges using taxes and dividends from overseas corporations with shareholders in the U.S.


‘Angry Citizens’ Paint Pothole Protest

Fed up with the capital's crumbling roads, a group of Moscow activists has mounted a spray-paint attack on city potholes, hoping to gain action from local officials.


Obama on Infrastructure: ‘Fix it First’

Urgent infrastructure repairs commanded top-level attention Tuesday, as President Obama called in his State of the Union address for a "Fix it First" approach to save the nation’s deteriorat...


Spencer Coatings Flexes New Dominance

Spencer Coatings Ltd. has become the largest independent and British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer in the UK with its recent acquisition of Stokes Paints, the company says.


Billions in Infrastructure Bonds on Ballots

While Americans choose their next President tomorrow, millions will also determine the fate of scores of ballot propositions tied to billions of dollars in infrastructure funding.


Obama, Romney Map Infrastructure Views

With early voting set to start Tuesday (Oct. 2) to choose the next U.S. Infrastructure Steward-in-Chief, both President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have taken their creds and their plans to t...


ASCE Sees $35B Gap for Ports, Airports

Higher shipping costs, higher consumer prices, and the loss of one million jobs are among the consequences of an estimated $35 billion shortfall in marine port and airport investment in the ...


Concrete-Busting Weed Sparks Action

It’s a weed that can push through four feet of concrete and spread like kudzu—and British Columbia is dead set on eradicating it before it threatens the region’s infrastructure.


U. of Akron to Host 1st Corrosion Forum

Leading-edge corrosion coatings, technology, materials and policies will be the focus of the inaugural Corrosion Forum next month at the new National Center for Education and Research on Cor...


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


Top 100 Projects to Bring 18M Jobs

Michigan’s new international bridge crossing, Canadian pipelines, an Ontario nuclear plant, and high-speed rail in California are among the North American megaprojects likely to pack the con...


A Bridge Map of Danger and Purpose

Remember the deadly I-35 Bridge disaster of 2007? Barry LePatner says there are 7,980 more like it just waiting to happen.


US DOT Expands New Infrastructure Aid

The federal government is offering states and cities nationwide a shot at a record $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects, funded by the new surface transportation bill.


1 City + 671 Sewage Floods = $250+M Tab

A federal and state stink over hundreds of illegal sewer overflows will cost the city of Chattanooga, TN, more than $251 million to resolve, under a settlement agreement announced this week.


Lone Star Infrastructure Named No. 1

Don’t mess with Texas infrastructure and transportation; they’re the best in the United States, according to a new ranking by CNBC.


Obama Signs $105B Transportation Bill

For the first time in seven years, the United States has a long-term highway and transit authorization bill.


Frustrated Pol to Take Brush to Bridge

Fed up by government foot-dragging on the project, an Australian politician says he will paint a local bridge himself—with help from his constituents, if necessary.


DOT Awards $500M to Transit Projects

Bridges in Indiana and Maine, ports in California, freight rail in Chicago and Texas, and streets in Alabama are among 47 transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 milli...


FHWA OKs OH River Bridge Megaproject

The federal government has cleared the way for Kentucky and Indiana to move forward on the long-awaited $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project, including a controversial $255 million tunnel...


US-Canada Bridge Gets Green Light

After idling for years on the planning books, a new Detroit River International Crossing is shifting into high gear, bringing thousands of jobs with it.


New Global Standard Tackles Concrete’s Environmental Impact

ISO, the world’s leading international standards organization, has developed a new standard to help the construction industry better manage the global environmental impact of concrete.


Trades Lead Construction Job Slide

Led by specialty trades and civil engineering, the battered construction industry bled 28,000 more jobs in May—its fourth straight month of job losses and its biggest decline in two years.


Steel Water Pipes on Borrowed Time?

Corrosion is eating into the underground piping of three in four North American water utilities, and thousands of miles of aging steel and iron pipes are exacerbating the problem, according ...


Cautious Outlook on Federal Contracts

“What makes us unique?” Businesses that want a piece of tomorrow’s shrinking federal contract pie need to develop a good answer to that question today, construction management consultant FMI...


Construction Firm’s Foreign Ties Probed

Canadian authorities are investigating one of the world’s largest engineering and construction groups, which has extensive operations in Libya.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


Phila’s Storm Sewer Woes Get $2B Assist

Philadelphia’s nation-leading commitment to green water infrastructure got a $2 billion shot in the arm Tuesday (April 10) in the form of a new federal partnership that may become a national...


Heavy Infrastructure Pulls its Weight

From wharves to hydroelectric dams to mass-transit systems, heavy infrastructure construction has held its own during the economic downturn and should see even stronger growth through 2017, ...


Shock Ads Aim to Jolt Highway Bill

Driving up pressure on the House to accept a Senate-crafted transportation bill, a leading labor union has unveiled a chilling campaign that features a Russian Roulette radio ad and a mass m...


Tale of the Tap: Water Needs to Top $1T

One trillion-with-a-T dollars. That’s the throat-parching cost of meeting the needs of buried U.S. drinking water infrastructure in the next 25 years, new research estimates.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


Golden Gate, Skyway Voted Top Bridges

The Grand Canyon’s dizzying glass skywalk and the venerable Golden Gate have been named the world’s top bridges in a new survey by Travel + Leisure.


Global Infrastructure Facing $5T Gap

Global demand for infrastructure projects will near the $10 trillion mark by 2015, but the money to pay for it is unlikely to meet even half that need, a new study reports.


DOT Unleashes $500M in New TIGER Aid

The federal government will offer $500 million in funding in the fourth round of the fiercely competitive TIGER program, which supports surface transportation projects that have a significan...


Battle Joined on Transportation Bill

With the clock ticking down on the eighth extension of a federal transportation bill, the House has finally weighed in with a five-year, $260 billion spending plan.


CEMEX Launches Self-Curing Concrete

CEMEX, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ready-mix concrete, has launched a second global ready-mix concrete brand, Hidratium, that is designed to self-cure while reducing cracking and...


DOT Grants $1.6B to Fix Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help states and territories repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters dating back to 2004.


DOT Releases $511M for 46 Projects

Freight rail in Kentucky, the Port of New Orleans, multimodal transit in San Antonio, roads¸ bridges and other projects nationwide will share in $511 million in federal transportation fundin...


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


Top 100 Infrastructure Plans = $784B

Fueled by pent-up demand and an appetite for mega-projects, the world’s countries will spend nearly $800 billion on their top infrastructure projects in 2012, according to a new analysis.


$215M Relief Aid Set for Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release more than $215 million to repair roads and bridges ravaged from Alaska to Puerto Rico by the year’s natural disasters.


14 Cities Stop 10T Gallons of Runoff

When you think of “green” cities, Detroit and Philadelphia don’t usually spring to mind. But they and a dozen others have kept 10 trillion gallons of polluted water out of their waterways an...


Caltrans Inspection Scandal Grows

A firestorm of controversy has engulfed California’s Department of Transportation in the wake of revelations that a key Bay Bridge inspector had falsified inspections on other public project...


Bids Invited for $60M PA Tunnel Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open bids Dec. 15 for the long-awaited rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Tunnel—a project estimated at up to $60 million.


Stressed Concrete Gets 1-Coat Option

Australian coatings maker Nanokote has introduced ProGuard, a one-coat protective coating designed for use on highly stressed concrete surfaces.


GOP Kills Infrastructure Jobs Bill

Republicans nipped President Obama’s $60 billion construction job initiative in the bud last week, shooting down the road and infrastructure aid package scarcely before the ink dried.


Obama to Congress: ‘Time to Act’ on Construction Jobs

Backdropped by an aging bridge to drive home his point, President Obama urged Congress this week to help revive the battered construction industry by passing an infrastructure jobs bill.


Failing Metro Bridges Carry Millions Daily

“There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the entire country.”


DOT Awards $928.5M for Transit Repair

More than 300 public transportation projects across the country will benefit from nearly $1 billion in federal grants to repair, rebuild and modernize the nation’s transit infrastructure.


Bridge, Wind, Rail Work Fast-Tracked

New York bridge replacement, California wind power, Maryland rail, New Mexico water and other major infrastructure projects will ramp up soon, under fast-track approval granted this week by ...


NJ to Pay $95M for Scrapped Tunnel

Payback may be hell, but some people finesse it better than others. Take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.


Protective Waterborne OK’d for DTM

Aqua-Thane, the waterborne, high-performance, protective coating from Excalibur, can now be used for direct-to-metal applications, the company has announced.


Obama Sends Job Bill to Congress: ‘Let’s Get Back to Work’

Urging “no games, no politics, no delays,” President Obama sent his new job creation package to Congress on Monday (Sept. 12) with a call for swift action.


Disasters Pound US Infrastructure

Mother Nature’s summertime triple whammy—record heat, followed by an earthquake and hurricane—has left billions of dollars in infrastructure damage in just a few short weeks.


Wilhelm to Distribute Cor-Tain Coatings

WinTec Protective Systems Inc. has signed a distribution deal with Wilhelm Security Solutions to supply its nano-based polymer anti-corrosive coating line called Cor-Tain.


‘Extreme’ Paint Designed To Cool Desert Interiors

Jotun is meeting the Middle East infrastructure boom with the launch of Jotashield Extreme, a line of exterior paints that purport to decrease internal temperatures upon application.


$1.58B Slated for 27 Transit Projects

From commuter rail in Northern Virginia, to a high-capacity project in Honolulu, to bus rapid transit in Texas, 27 major transit projects nationwide are in line for a $1.58 billion federal s...


Veteran Wastewater Contractor Sold

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure is expanding its U.S. water and wastewater contracting footprint with the acquisition of Fru-Con Construction LLC.


Asian Pipe Maker Teams with Saudi Coating Giant

A new Joint Venture will team up China’s largest pipe manufacturer and Saudi Arabia’s AHQ, which operates the third-largest coating factory in the world.


Study Sees $2T US Infrastructure IOU

That’s the tab that the United States is facing just to rebuild and repair its crumbling infrastructure, according to a new study.


CSX Commits $160M to NE Rail Project

Tunnels and other rail infrastructure will be the prime beneficiaries of a $160 million investment that CSX Corp. has pledged to the massive National Gateway rail project, designed to improv...


Five Star Products’ Bankruptcy Clarified

Five Star Products Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a global provider of high-performance cement and epoxy-based products, sought Thursday to clarify that it is not the industry company of the same na...


Coatings, Sundries Companies File for Bankruptcy

Paint manufacturer The Merit Group and its subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after over-extending the company's resources in acquiring coatings and construction su...


Navy Awards $41M Corrosion R&D Deal

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has signed a $41 million contract with the Navy to develop a research program focusing on materials degradation and advanced materials d...


Coating Designed for Stressed Concrete

Nanokote has introduced ProGuard, a new technology coating material developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces.


Report Sees Gold in Water Works Technology

Nothing against mousetraps, but it is new technologies for inspecting and repairing water infrastructure that will have the world beating a $20 billion path to your door in this century.


Rivals Unite on Infrastructure Bank

An unlikely—perhaps unprecedented—alliance of Republicans, Democrats, labor and business leaders have joined forces to propose the nation’s first infrastructure bank.


$2M Grant Fuels R&D On Greener Infrastructure Coating

With a $2 million R&D jumpstart from a technology nonprofit, the University of Akron and MesoCoat Inc. of Euclid will partner work on an emissions-reducing metal coating for infrastructure.


Near-Record Traffic Spurs Call for Aid

Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010—the most since 2007 and the third-highest ever—sharpening the need for continued investment in the nation’s roads, bridges and tunnels, U.S. Tran...


Water Barriers Protect Infrastructure

Swiss security engineering developer Geobrugg AG has introduced fixed and floating waterside barriers to protect oil and LNG terminals, ships, nuclear facilities, dams, bridge piers and othe...


Antifouling System is Solvent Free

SAS Seawax Marine Coatings, of France, has introduced a water-based antifouling coating without solvents, silicon, Teflon or biocides.


Obama Infrastructure Plan Draws Rare Friends, Foes

The ink was scarcely dry on President Obama’s record $3.2 billion proposal to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, when friends and foes began lining up—and in some unusual ways.


New Institute to Develop Infrastructure Sustainability Ratings

A new, independent, non-profit organization has begun developing the first-ever sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure.


Coatings Help Dow Post Record Numbers

Modest gains in Coatings and Infrastructure and record sales in emerging regions helped propel The Dow Chemical Co. to double-digit growth for both the fourth quarter and full year of 2010.


Water Researchers to Study Coating Options for Lead, Copper Lines

New coating and lining technologies that might serve as alternatives to lead service line replacement will be the focus of federally funded research by the Water Research Foundation.


MI Governor Backs New Bridge to Canada

The Detroit International Bridge Co.’s sudden cooperation with Michigan’s long-delayed Gateway Project may be too little, too late.


Dayton Buys Steel Infrastructure Firm

Dayton Superior Corp. has acquired Block Heavy and Highway Products Co., a leading supplier of steel infrastructure products used in the construction and repair of concrete roads, highways, ...


Self-Healing Coating May Aid Water Systems

A New Jersey nanotech firm is developing an environmentally friendly, self-healing, corrosion-control coating that could provide critical assistance in restoring the nation’s aging water inf...


Boom Seen for Pipeline Coatings, Technologies

Demand for protective pipeline coatings, anti-corrosion composites and technologies, and other specialty components will ignite annual increases of 30% or more in the global specialty pipeli...


Squeeze Looms for Bridge, Road Work

U.S. bridge and highway projects will contract by more than 4% in 2011, as Stimulus projects wind down and the fate of a new federal surface transportation bill remains uncertain, according ...


Infrastructure Leak Called ‘Terrorist Menu’

The publication of a secret “critical infrastructure” list by the website WikiLeaks amounts to a terrorist hit list that leaves those dams, plants, water systems, pipelines and other facilit...


NY Reports Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

The State of New York can no longer afford to maintain its 150,000 miles of highways and railroads; 17,400 bridges; and seven-million-passenger transit systems—and has “no credible strategy ...


NJ Governor Kills Massive NY Tunnel Project

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has officially killed a plan to build a commuter train tunnel to Manhattan—the nation’s large infrastructure project—saying his strapped state should not foot ...


Infrastructure Grant Requests Overwhelm DOT

Federal aid requests for bridge, transit, port, highway and other infrastructure projects are overwhelming the Department of Transportation, with more than $19 billion being sought for a fun...


Megaprojects, U.S. Construction on Upswing

Onshore megaproject activity will surge worldwide, and U.S. construction is on the rise-at least for now, according to two new economic projections.


House OKs Infrastructure Jobs Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847), which contains key investments for infrastructure and public housing projects.


 
 
   

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