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Weekly Poll (22)


A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?


Business magnate Elon Musk announced a plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to maneuver vehicles around traffic. Is this plan feasible?


Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?


A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?


The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?


A recent climate-change readiness report in Boston includes the possible construction of a seawall in Boston Harbor to guard the city from rising waters. Will new sea barriers be a more common infrastructure project worldwide in the coming decades?


Construction spending patterns vary among public and private segments. Which segment do you think will show the most promise this year?


Hyperloop One and design firm Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled more detailed plans for the Hyperloop, a hybrid mass-transit system that would combine high-speed transporters with smaller, autonomous vehicles, being considered in the United Arab Emirates. Is the Hyperloop the future of transit?


The 2016 Better Roads Bridge Inventory indicates that a greater percentage of American bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete than were last year. What's the best way to address this problem?


Surveys have been sharing Americans’ receptivity to other ways to help fund transportation infrastructure. Which options do you think offer the best chance of supporting necessary bridge and highway projects?


New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?


The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?


Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?


Do you take advantage of funds made available by the federal government for surface transportation or other projects?


With the costs, time delays and structural problems involved in new rail transportation projects in Australia and California, should engineers be looking at Hyperloop-like alternatives, which can be built at a fraction of the cost, for future projects?


Engineers in England plan to build a new pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge to serve the type of transportation Europeans embrace. Do you think infrastructure projects like this in the U.S. would encourage Americans to do more walking or biking?


The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?


It seems that bridge failures have been making the headlines more frequently, and many U.S. bridges are nearing or exceeding their life expectancy. Do you think most bridges are safe?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


Generally speaking, which type of infrastructure do you think poses the greatest safety concern today?


 
 
   

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