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Trump Picks Elaine Chao for DOT Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has named former labor secretary Elaine Chao as his choice to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Bridge Interlaces Design, Function

China’s Dragon King Harbour River boasts an out-of-the-ordinary new steel bridge that does more than carry pedestrians from one riverbank to the other.


Parsing Out Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Nearly three weeks into the presidential transition process, President-elect Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has shown itself to be a popular idea, but perhaps not an easy one...


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


US Bridge Report: Deficiency on the Rise

An annual look at the condition and safety of American bridges shows that more are in questionable condition than were last year—and funding is still on state bridge engineers’ minds as thei...


Hyperloop One Touts Seamless Transportation

The Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop track that architectural and design group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) teased late last month is coming together in a way that makes the seemingly futuristic tr...


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

With the election last week of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency, architects and builders are beginning to speculate on the nature of one of Trump’s signature campaign promises...


Brooklyn Bridge Rehab $300M Over Budget

The renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, originally predicted to wrap up in 2014 and cost $508 million, has yet to be completed—and now looks like it will cost more than $800 million.


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Safway Group Announces Acquisition

Safway Group Holding LLC, a leading North American scaffolding and equipment firm, is set to acquire SafeWorks LLC, a Seattle-based supplier of motorized suspended access equipment, in a dea...


Concrete Collapse Traps 3 in Tunnel

Canadian safety officials are investigating an accident in a light rail transit project tunnel that temporarily trapped three construction workers Thursday (Nov. 10).


Spare a Square for CO Road Cracks?

Halloween may have been just last week, but Devil’s Night pranksters aren’t the reason toilet paper is being found on the roadways of one Denver town.


Trump’s Election Could Revive Keystone XL

The Keystone XL Pipeline, effectively quashed by President Barack Obama last year, could be back in play under the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump.


Strong Quake Raises Crude Concerns in OK

Another strong earthquake in central Oklahoma has renewed concerns about wastewater injection wells there, and raised questions about the safety of the country’s largest crude oil storage fa...


Utah Arch Tunnels to Get Shotcrete Revamp

A pair of historic rock tunnels that serve as an entryway to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah are getting a $2.5 million makeover, including the replacement of a layer of shotcrete inside ...


Canada Floats $35B Infrastructure Bank Plan

An infrastructure bank that would combine government and private investment dollars for big road, transit and energy projects is part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan for the...


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

Italian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of a highway bridge near Milan late last week that left one driver dead and injured 5 others.


Partners Debut Mobile Inspection Tool

Pavia Systems (Seattle), a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry has partnered with construction engineering firm Jacobs (Pasadena, CA) t...


Hyperloop: Future of Transportation?

Road, rail, air or Hyperloop? What many see as the next generation of high-speed, long-distance transportation options may be one step closer to becoming a reality.


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Border Wall Goes Pink

One recurring architectural theme of the current U.S. election cycle has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s vision for a wide-ranging border wall, stretching across the country’s bo...


Pair of Pipeline Breaches Vex OK, PA

Two pipeline breaches in different areas of the United States within three days’ time have left environmental concerns and fueled debate over the safety and reliability of the pipeline syste...


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

A multibillion-dollar metro rail extension in Australia’s largest city is facing a second major setback, as one of the precast concrete spans for the “Skytrain” rail bridge has cracked, the ...


Winery, Turnpike at Odds Over Logo

“We are from New Jersey and proud of it!” reads the website for Old York Cellars’ What Exit Wines line. But the winery, in Ringoes, NJ, isn’t getting the same level of love back from its sta...


Firm Finishes Historic NZ Bridge Repaint

The first full repaint of a New Zealand rail viaduct in over 50 years is nearing completion, three months ahead of schedule.


Canadian Oil Pipelines Limiting Exports

A new Canadian government report says the country’s oil pipeline infrastructure is lacking, limiting oil exports and leading oil companies to rely on rail transport.


Blasted Bridge Stays Strong

When you want to bring a bridge down fast, strategically placed explosives can get the job done in a matter of seconds. Usually.


Groups Press Candidates on Infrastructure

A group of industry organizations has asked the two major-party presidential nominees to keep long-term infrastructure solutions as part of their presidential plans.


Haiti: Infrastructure Damage Impedes Aid

Still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck six years ago, the Republic of Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week, in terms of infrastructure and housing destruct...


Ohio Bridge Closed After Beams Buckle

A bridge in one northeastern Ohio town is closed indefinitely after officials found structural damage so severe they say the span will have to be replaced entirely.


End in Sight for NJ Work Freeze

Nearly three months after all nonessential road, bridge and transit projects were halted in New Jersey, the state’s governor and political leaders have reached an agreement on how to repleni...


Cuomo Launches Penn Station Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to revamp New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, a project reportedly under consideration for more than two decades.


Report Reveals Factors in Bridge ‘Split’

Nearly 10 months after a new cable stay bridge in Ontario, Canada, appeared to split during a spell of cold weather, reports on the cause of the failure have been released.


Foundation Releases Road Spending Ratings

South Carolina and South Dakota get top marks in a new report on the cost-effectiveness of highway systems in the 50 states, released by a well-known think tank.


Support for Tolls, Mileage Fees Grows

A recent survey of American drivers suggests that most support the idea of tolls if they’ll help ease congestion and limit drive times.


Radar Looks Inside Tunnel Wall

An alternate method of inspecting the integrity of concrete tunnel walls was demonstrated in Pittsburgh last week as part of a program that finds strategic solutions to national transportati...


Group Names Best Transportation Projects

Several bridge projects are vying for recognition as the best transportation project in the United States in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition.


Senate Passes Bill to Fund Flint Fixes

A $9 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. Senate late last week, with hundreds of millions allocated for improvements to systems in Flint, MI, and other cities with potentially ...


Mini Bay Bridge Comes to Town

San Francisco loves its new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge so much, it seems, that the city will be building a duplicate smaller version as part of its new downtown transit center and neig...


DC Transit Officials Face Concrete Concerns

Crumbling concrete is under scrutiny at one Washington, D.C., transit station this month. Investigators recently discovered concrete damage in a bridge outside the Rhode Island Avenue Statio...


Canadian Officials Air Bridge Concerns

Canadian officials have raised questions about the structural integrity of a privately owned span that’s touted as the busiest commercial point of entry between the United States and Canada....


Pipeline Giant Forms in $28B Deal

The announced merger of two major pipeline companies promises to create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, with an estimated market value of $127 billion.


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

Work came to a halt on an Oregon railroad overpass last week when two concrete beams, weighing 130 tons apiece, collapsed onto railroad tracks the new structure was intended to cross.


Directory to Make E-Construction Connections

Pavia Systems, a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry, has launched a construction industry resource database.


Underground Radar Detects Hidden Damage

Years after Hurricane Katrina struck, the southern Louisiana city of Slidell is benefitting from an underground pipe inspection technology developed at Louisiana Tech University.


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

The Texas Department of Transportation is facing scrutiny on two fronts this month: improper paint disposal in one of its districts and a state audit suggesting that its design-build program...


NC Bridge Painter Suffers Fatal Fall

A worker on a bridge painting project in North Carolina fell to his death early Tuesday, according to local media reports.


Footage Captures Tappan Zee Progress

Three years into what is considered to be one of the largest bridge construction projects in New York history, the New York State Thruway Authority has released a video chronicling progress ...


Tube Curves Get Concrete Solution

Researchers and concrete suppliers in the U.K. have come up with what looks to be a solution to a longstanding problem: a durable method of supporting curved stretches of track on the London...


Engineers Study Bridge Failure

Members of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published a new evaluation of the events that led to a 2013 bridge collapse in Washington stat...


Sensing Unseen Structural Damage

Bridges and roadways are subject to wear and deterioration from a number of factors, ranging from age to events like earthquakes and hurricanes. Damage and defects are sometimes obvious, but...


New Player Enters Protective Coatings Field

Financial investment business Signet Enterprises has announced the launch of a new venture in the field of polymer technology for the protective and structural coatings industries.


Report: CA Roads Impact Drivers' Wallets

Bridge and road conditions in California are estimated to cost the state’s drivers as much as $53.6 billion a year, according to a national transportation research group.


OSHA Cites Firms Over KY Crane Collapse

A Kentucky construction firm is facing more than $20,000 in proposed fines in the wake of a crane collapse on a bridge project in February.


‘Bendable Concrete’ to Speed Roadwork

Researchers in Singapore have created a form of concrete they say is not only stronger and more durable, but which should also reduce the time needed for roadwork by more than half.


NJ Transportation Work Stoppage Rolls On

More than six weeks after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered a shutdown of state road and bridge projects, he is asking state officials to free up funds for emergency road and rail w...


Flaking Paint Raises Public Health Concerns

Paint reported to be coming off the underside of a New York City overpass has caught the attention of a regional chapter of the painters trade union.


US Voters Register Infrastructure Concerns

Nearly half of registered U.S. voters believe the country’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years, according to a recent poll conducted by the Association of Equipment Man...


Paint Work Reveals Bridge Deficiencies

The Missouri Department of Transportation is crediting the painting and surface preparation process with uncovering unforeseen deficiencies in a bridge over the Missouri River in the state’s...


Ex-Worker Alleges Pipe Coating Violations

At least one former worker has called into question the safety of an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota, but the company building it says the charges are coming from disgruntled ex-emp...


Trump's Huge Plan for Infrastructure Spending

Almost nine months after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her proposed $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, Republican nominee Donald Trump announced he would...


Bridge Painting to Span 15 Years

A record-breaking bridge in Scandinavia appears to have a timeline to match when it comes to painting the monumental span.


$500 Million Supports Transportation Projects

Highway improvements, modernization of port terminals, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and rail projects are among 40 of the transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly ...


Olympic Rings Inspire Bridge for the Games

When it comes to construction for the 2022 Winter Olympics, host city Beijing is keeping to the theme, even with a new bridge.


The Newest Paving Trend: Unpaving?

Paving can be a big expense for governments, and some are strapped for infrastructure funding these days. Enter a novel approach: unpaving.


This Tunnel-Bridge Combo Will Float

How do you solve the problem of building a crossing where traditional engineering methods pose a problem? Transportation officials in Norway are considering the world’s first floating submer...


Don’t Poo-Poo This Roadway of the Future

Could the future of highways come from the humblest beginnings down on the farm?


Crane Collapse Shuts Down Tappan Zee

Injuries were reported and traffic came to a standstill mid-day Tuesday (July 19) when a construction crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.


NJ Shutdown Week 1: 1,700 Jobs, $41M

As the shutdown of road, bridge and rail work continues into its second week in New Jersey, a trade association representing the U.S. transportation design and construction industry has iden...


Design Plans, Wind Eyed in M1 Collapse

The official inquiry into a 2015 fatal bridge collapse in South Africa has called out potential causes ranging from material quality and workmanship to a gust of wind.


RPM Acquires NC Bridge Repair Firm

Specialty coatings and sealants giant RPM International has added to its portfolio with the acquisition of Applied Polymerics Inc. & Marketing Associates Inc. (API/MAI), an infrastructure ma...


Building Turkey’s Longest Bridge

One of the world’s newest, longest bridges owes a large part of its existence to a Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer, and its ongoing health to a pair of Danish and German engineering firm...


$3.5B in Transportation Work Halts in NJ

Hundreds of road and bridge projects valued at nearly $3.5 billion have been shut down as of Friday (July 8) as transportation funding in New Jersey threatens to run out by late summer.


Mayflies Plague Bridges

Despite a short life span, mayflies have a reputation for creating havoc on U.S. bridges in the early summer months, and they’re making their presence known to the nation’s drivers once agai...


Bigger Canal Launches for Bigger Ships

Nearly 10 years after construction began, the expanded Panama Canal officially opened to much fanfare Sunday (June 26).


Penn Station May Get a ‘Halo’

A new passenger experience has been proposed for New York City’s iconic Pennsylvania Station, but it’s not going to be in the traditional train cars rolling in and out of the station.


‘Brexit’ Leaves UK Projects in Limbo

Last week’s British vote to leave the European Union had immediate fallout in the markets, but it may also have longer-term effects on infrastructure investment in the U.K.


Follow the Glowing Road

Could roadways of the future illuminate themselves? If research proceeds the way scientists at a Mexico university plan, glow-in-the-dark cement could light the way without the need for elec...


Report: Global Infrastructure Underfunded

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute looks at infrastructure spending from a global perspective, and proffers suggestions as to how the industry might bridge the spending gaps tha...


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

A newly built section of a bridge on Germany’s Autobahn system collapsed Wednesday (June 15), leaving one worker dead and seriously injuring six others.


2 Injured in AZ Bridge Project

State health and safety officials are investigating an incident at an Arizona bridge and interchange construction site that left two workers injured.


Transportation Project Excellence

Seven transportation construction projects in the northeast United States have been recognized as the best of the best.


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


Swiss Launch Record-Breaking Tunnel

The world’s longest, deepest tunnel opened last week in Switzerland with much fanfare celebrating completion of the mega project’s 17-year construction timeline.


Corrosion Detection from Afar

New technology being tested in the U.K. could change the way bridges and other structures are checked for corrosion, allowing inspectors a detailed look from a football field’s length away.


Belgians Brew Up Pipeline for Beer

Beer transportation probably isn’t a city infrastructure priority, unless you’re talking about Milwaukee—or a historic Belgian town.


Oops: New Bridge Is Too Low

Delaware transportation officials spent more than $5 million to construct a new bridge in 2011. Five years later, they are expecting to put another half million dollars into the project to g...


New York Artist Eyes Floating Bridge

Most bridge projects are undertaken with a goal of longevity, but a proposed bridge in one Brooklyn neighborhood is only intended to last one day.


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

Health and safety officials are looking into what caused the steel and concrete deck of a new bridge structure to collapse Monday (May 16) on a construction site along the M60 motorway in En...


Sherwin-Williams Receives Royal Honor

A Sherwin-Williams Company division is one of 243 firms selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016, celebrating British business contributions to international trade, innov...


Seattle Borer Drills Past Viaduct

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, made its way under Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct faster than expected, limiting road closures last week and moving the tunneling project cl...


ASCE: Failing Infrastructure Hurts Economy

America’s failure to invest adequately in infrastructure updates comes at a substantial cost to individuals, according to a new report issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Exhibit Raises Corrosion Awareness

Visitors to one Pittsburgh museum expect to learn about science, sports and technology while on site, but they are about to get an education on one more important topic: corrosion.


Province Seeks Durable Roadway Paint

One Canadian province is seeking a solution to its prematurely fading highway striping paints—said to be deteriorating as quickly as within a few months in some cases, the Vancouver Sun


Mudslide Envelops Hydro Construction Site

Hundreds of rescuers assembled to search for the missing after a landslide swept through a hydropower plant construction site in southeast China.


Spanish Workers Uncover Priceless Coins

There’s no telling what you might uncover at the site of an excavation, but rarely is a construction find as cool as what some workers in Spain found: more than 1,300 pounds of Roman coins d...


Tunnel Wall Collapse Swallows Roadway

A sinkhole opened up on a New Orleans street just hours after the mayor and the city’s infrastructure team examined a decades-old underground tunnel nearby.


U.S. Open to Usage Fees to Fund Roads

A majority of Americans now support the use of road usage fees to fund transportation infrastructure work, according to a new survey published by engineering firm HNTB.


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

Area police are looking into potential safety management issues at the site of a fatal construction accident in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture.


At-Risk DC Bridge Gets New Support Plan

With time running out to raise funds to award a contract to restore a historic Washington, D.C., bridge, the National Park Service has floated a plan that would keep the crossing open, even ...


Taxes Weigh Heavily on Construction

While tax expenditures vary by industry, construction appears to bear the highest business tax burden, according to a recent report from the White House and the Department of the Treasury.


AIA: A P3 Remedy for US Infrastructure

No one wants to see another Flint water crisis, but aging water distribution systems are only part of the public infrastructure woes facing states and localities. In 2013, The American Socie...


Agreement Reached for Red Sea Bridge

Two nations have consented to build a historic bridge connecting not only their two countries but also two continents.


Highway Paint Spill Makes Massive Mess

Drivers in Charlotte, NC, had some white stuff to deal with on the roads Friday morning (April 8), but it wasn’t snow.


US Ports to Create 1.6 Million Jobs

Over the next five years, U.S. seaports and their private-sector partners plan to spend $154.8 billion on port-related infrastructure, according to the latest investment survey by the Americ...


Workers Win $3.4M in Race Case

A federal jury has ordered a Bridgeport, CT-based striping company to pay more than $1.5 million each to two former employees who filed a racial discrimination and hostile work environment l...


45-Ton Beam Falls onto Crew of 4

Federal authorities have been called in to investigate the events that led to a 45-ton beam on Interstate 90 killing one construction worker and injuring three others in Des Plaines, IL, Tue...


Merger Targets Water Infrastructure

Engineering, consulting, and design services firm Stantec is planning to extend its worldwide reach in water resources infrastructure with the acquisition of MWH Global Inc.


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

Three officials from the company building the overpass that collapsed Thursday (March 31) in Kolkata, India, have been arrested in relation to the incident, NPR reported Saturday (April 2).


Flyover Gives Way in Eastern India

An overpass under construction in Kolkata, India, collapsed in a busy commercial district around noon Thursday (March 31), killing at least 14 and trapping more than 100 beneath the rubble, ...


USGS Studies ‘Induced’ Seismic Activity

For the first time, maps showing the potential for earthquakes as a result of human activity, not just natural movements, have been released by the scientific agency responsible for studying...


Queensferry Crossing Reaches Milestone

Crews working on Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing recently made a massive push toward meeting the $1.35 billion structure’s year-end 2016 completion date.


CA Agency Presents 40-Year, $120B Plan

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has issued what it terms a “bold plan to transform transportation.”


Forth Road Bridge Failure Not ‘Foreseeable'

An inquiry into the December closure of Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge determined that the fault could not have been foreseen.


Transit Project Uncovers Historic Road

Construction workers in Canada found they had dug back in time while preparing a site for the region’s light rail transit project.


Award Calls for Best in Transportation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are seeking outstanding transportation infrastructure projects or programs for it...


‘Fire-Breathing’ Bridge Wins ASCE Honor

A bridge designed to be an “aesthetic centerpiece” as well as a practical river crossing was one of six project finalists recognized for outstanding achievement by the association representi...


Norway to Invest $1B in ‘Super-Cycleways’

In an effort to reduce its residents’ reliance on cars, one Scandinavian country is aiming to spend nearly $1 billion to build a new network of highways … for bikes only.


What Will the Future of Infrastructure Be?

A trade association for equipment manufacturers is inviting entries in its contest to collect innovative ideas for overhauling America’s crumbling infrastructure.


Work Site Barges Involved in Fatal Crash

The construction zone of the new Tappan Zee Bridge was the site of a fatal tugboat accident earlier this week, but construction crews on the scene were unharmed.


CA May Choose Between Water and Rail

A movement is afoot in California that seeks to divert funds intended for the state’s high speed rail plans to water infrastructure projects instead.


DOT Promotes Project Funding Sources

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made known two potential sources of funding for infrastructure projects across the country.


CA ‘Bullet Train’ Wins Judge’s Ruling

Long in the works, California’s high-speed rail project has gotten the green light to proceed as planned following a state superior court judge’s dismissal of a five-year-old lawsuit intende...


Historic DC Bridge Risks Closure

Deterioration of an iconic bridge in the nation’s capital has progressed at a pace that brings one federal bureau to warn that it may need to close in the next five years.


Officials Issue Warning on Dam Failure

Despite contracting a construction firm to make critical repairs to a failing hydroelectric dam in Mosul, Iraq, engineers and the U.S. government are warning that a collapse could be imminen...


NY Transit Center Opens to Mixed Reviews

The new World Trade Center Transportation Hub has a lot of roles to fill—from serving as a symbol of the city’s rebirth to a daily commuter facility—but it is also drawing criticism from an ...


Seattle Tunnel Status: On Again

Six weeks after a sinkhole halted excavation of the new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, the design-build firm in charge of digging the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replac...


USDOT Opens Funding for the FASTLANE

Applications are now being accepted for federal funding available through a new program included in the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.


DOT Backs Island Infrastructure Plans

Federal transportation officials are committed to supporting and improving infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico.


Hungry Mice Bring Down Tunnel Project

There are a lot of reasons repairs to a city’s infrastructure may be delayed, but hungry rodents are rarely the cause.


USDOT: $500M for Transportation Projects

The United States Department of Transportation is accepting applications for funding targeted at U.S. surface transportation projects through its TIGER competitive grant program.


MoDot May Have the Bridge for You

Anyone need a bridge? The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) currently has seven bridges that are free to a good home.


$98.1B Slated for FY2017 USDOT Work

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has shared detailed information on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s budget for fiscal year 2017 in a series of recent statements.


Is Recycled Concrete a Viable Option?

When it comes to sustainability and reuse in construction, can the industry begin to do more with recycled concrete? A University of Notre Dame research team is focusing on just that questio...


Heavy Construction Jobs Set to Rise

Declines in heavy and civil engineering construction are expected to turn around in 2016 in response to the long-term transportation bill, according to the Associated General Contractors of ...


Iraqi Dam Threatens Failure, Flood

Italian construction firm Trevi Group has secured the contract to make critical repairs to a failing hydroelectric dam in Mosul, Iraq.


O’Hare Lands $1.3B Infrastructure Deal

The City of Chicago has reached an agreement with two major airlines on a $1.3 billion infrastructure plan that includes construction of a sixth runway at O’Hare International Airport, deici...


Finalists Named for US-Canada Bridge

Plans to construct the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, ON, are moving closer to fruition after the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) selected three teams ...


FHWA Seeks Your Worksite Innovations

Only a few days are left to participate in submitting topics for the next round of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative.


Mayors Say Roads, Transit Top Tasks

Infrastructure tops the list of concerns reported by 89 mayors representing cities across the United States, according to a recent report from Boston University.


Hyperloop Test Track to Break Ground

Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transportation system appears poised to give the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s bullet train some competition for delivering the fastest ride from nort...


Building the World’s First ‘Droneport’

They fly through the skies. They must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And if the aircraft is issued an airworthiness certificate, a pilot certificate is require...


EPA Assesses Wastewater Infrastructure

A recent survey by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s wastewater infrastructure over the next five years...


Firm Tapped for US High-Speed Rail Build

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has identified the likely contract winner for the next construction phase of the first high-speed rail (HSR) system in the United States.


Seattle Tunnel Project Drills Ahead

Just over two years after breaking down in its first days of digging, “Bertha,” the tunnel boring machine excavating


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Architect Rethinks Water Tower’s Form

Water towers tend to be readily recognizable as what they are and for the purpose they serve. One Belgian architect, however, decided to seek out an alternative to the traditional utilitaria...


One Vancouver Seawall Stands Out

When it comes to infrastructure meant to prevent both flooding and property damage along shorelines, large concrete structures are usually what comes to mind. But one Canadian landscape arch...


EPA Invests in State Water Projects

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $165 million dollars to six New England states in support of water projects that safeguard public health and the envir...


Clinton Targets Infrastructure, Jobs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed some insights into her proposed infrastructure and jobs plans during a campaign event held Sunday (Nov. 29) in Boston.


Milan Firm Acquires Lane Industries

Italian infrastructure group Salini Impregilo announced an agreement to acquire U.S.-based construction firm Lane Industries Inc., one of the country’s top federal contractors for roads and ...


Study: Global Infrastructure Value

A global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets took a look at the state of infrastructure around the world and assigned each a dollar values as a measuring stick for compa...


Wave Machine Simulates Flooding

Its promotional video has been compared to a blockbuster movie trailer, but a Dutch company’s wave simulation facility is all science and not fiction.


Survey Digs into Infrastructure Spend

Are U.S. leaders taking the state of American infrastructure seriously? More than 60 percent of Americans say "no," according to a recent survey conducted by AAA.


Falling Concrete Spurs Blame Game

Debris falling from the Ambassador Bridge led to the closure last week of three streets that run beneath it on the Canada side of the aging structure.


Self-Repairing Cities Goal of Project

A university in the United Kingdom is working to develop robots and drones that researchers hope will be able to repair city infrastructure without causing the disruption normally associated...


Highway Construction Worker Hit, Killed

One highway construction worker died and another was injured critically after a driver hit them in an Interstate 94 work zone during the early hours of Sunday (Oct. 11) morning.


Bridge Collapse Injures 9 Workers

Seven construction workers remained in the hospital Monday (Oct. 12) after a California bridge on which they were working partially collapsed late last week and injured nine crew members.


Crews Keep the Concrete Moving

Motorists in Utah are catching sight of a new bridge over I-15, but it’s not meant for vehicles, cyclists or even pedestrians, and it’s not a permanent addition.


New Centers Aid in Project Investment

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a new program to support transportation initiatives across the country, from which the American Association of State Highway and Transport...


NJ Bridge-Raising Timeline Extended

Larger containment ships will have to wait longer to navigate the Newark Bay now that construction plans to “Raise the Roadway” of the Bayonne Bridge have been pushed back more than a year.


2 Cities Face Road Paint Challenges

While road markings are intended to clearly mark the way for drivers while getting from point A to point B, the striping work done recently in two towns has led to head-shaking rather than p...


White House Seeks Streamlined Process

Responding to the sense that lengthy federal permitting and review activities hamper improvement of the nation’s infrastructure—as well as its global competitiveness—the White House unveiled...


Most Likely to Succeed: Infrastructure

Which of the presidential candidates are likely to be best for the future of the nation’s infrastructure? One market research firm crunched the numbers and came up with a ranking of those pr...


Feds Reach Settlement With Utility

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement with the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) to make major upgrades to its infrastru...


Caltrans Asks for Innovative Thinking

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking for a few good ideas.


INDOT: I-65 Bridge Safe, Open

After suddenly sinking 9 inches during construction repairs and closing—sending thousands of interstate travelers onto neighborhood roads—an I-65 Bridge has been declared safe and is once ag...


Pipeline Replacement Promotes Safety

While the findings from a university study of gas pipelines may not be all that surprising, they do reinforce the importance of maintaining infrastructure for public safety.


$1.9B Helps NJ Shore Up against Storms

NJ Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation making up to $1.94 billion in state financing available for projects that would improve the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in...


Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Inches On

Work on the new tunnel passing under Seattle’s waterfront, part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, has halted as the “Bertha” tunneling boring machine is returned to its pit, bu...


Castle Moves to Sherwin-Williams

Industry veteran Derrick Castle is taking his 20 years of experience to lead project development for the bridge and highway market with Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.


IN Bridge Fix in Test Mode

A solution for an interstate bridge outside of Indianapolis, closed since the beginning of August, continues to be in the works.


Supplier Agrees to $5M Fraud Settlement

A national supplier of water, sewer, fire protection and storm drain products has agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently received federal money for which ...


TX Gas Boom Expands Mexican Pipelines

An increase in demand for natural gas in Mexico combined with a decrease in that country’s own supply has companies lining up to pipe in the fuel from the U.S.


This Bridge Moves Through the Air

Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? Is it somehow both? That’s the nature of the transporter bridge, a seeming hybrid of bridge and ferry that carries a portion of roadway over a body of water to...


Rocker Bearings Roll from Bridge

A bridge along I-65 in Lafayette, IN, has been cause for concern for Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials and area commuters twice in one week. Because of continued safety ...


All Eyes on Road Fund Extension

Florida transportation officials are trying to identify which projects they need, and which they can live without. In Indiana, the state’s Department of Transportation is looking at out how ...


Site Showcases Infrastructure Pioneers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the release of its Infrastructure Game Changers report.


Trench Collapse Nets $424K Fine

A Texas construction company that specializes in infrastructure faces more than $420,000 in fines for 16 citations it received when a trench collapsed on one of its workers earlier this year...


Close Call over Rushing Waters

The country of Colombia conjures images of lush coffee farms, the heights of the Andes mountains, and crystal celar beaches, but severe weather can be a constant threat, too.


From Boat Deck to Bridge Deck

“It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” That may have been the U.S. Navy slogan, but the adventure we’re talking about here just may be your job—bridge work.


Grand Visions for a New LaGuardia

When your vice president describes a New York airport as resembling a “Third World country,” it should come as no surprise that the state’s governor would push for drastic change.


Game Lets Players Repair Infrastructure

You’re a structural analyst trying to dodge crumbling buildings, corroded bridges and exploding gas lines.


U.S. Agencies Investigate Steel Dumping

WASHINGTON--Under pressure by America's top steel producers, the federal government has launched dual investigations into the alleged dumping of steel by five other nations.


Steel Makers Demand Action on Dumping

WASHINGTON--Joining forces against a tsunami of inexpensive imports, six U.S. steel producers are seeking trade protections from the federal government.


Under the Desert, Behemoth Takes Shape

LAKE MEAD, NV--There's a reason they call them "mega-projects."


ASCE Launches Free Infrastructure App

WASHINGTON, DC—America's civil engineers have a new app to inform and rally the public about the grim state of the nation's infrastructure.


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


Under Water, a Wheel-World Solution

All cities have parking problems, but Amsterdam's is unique. The city of 781,000 people has 881,000 bicycles and nowhere to legally park them.


Picturing Future of HD Drone Inspection

What if major bridges, highways, dams, power plants and other critical structures could be safely, minutely inspected in the minutes following a natural disaster?


New WiFi Keeps Watch on Infrastructure

Multinational research in Europe has produced a new generation of cheap, wireless, early-warning sensors that could help head off infrastructure catastrophes, its developers say.


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


Bridge Collapse is 2nd for FL Road

A large section of a Jacksonville, FL, bridge has dropped into the river beneath it, marking the second time in three years that part of the roadway has become a large, gaping hole.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

A South Dakota researcher will receive $500,000 to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings for infrastructure.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Bayer to Split Off MaterialScience

With its corporate "center of gravity" shifting, the Bayer Group has announced that it will spin off its polymer and coatings MaterialScience unit as an independent, publicly traded company ...


Australia: Rising Sea Will Cost $226B

With most of its resources close to the coast, Australia faces havoc with its infrastructure and, possibly, its economy in the decades to come, scientists warn.


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


In LA, Guns for Infrastructure

Call it the modern equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: melting illegal weapons into materials for bridges and roads.


Garland Adds Infrastructure Division

Citing "an increasing need" to address "numerous infrastructure problems" in the U.S. and worldwide, Garland Industries Inc. has launched a division aimed at structural strengthening and res...


Bolts, Boilers Share The ’Stick’s Love

When Sir Paul McCartney serenades Candlestick Park to sleep next week, nostalgic fans need not go home emptyhanded.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

Two people have been killed and at least 22 injured in Brazil in the collapse of an overpass under construction onto a busy roadway.


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Report: Infrastructure Jobs Underplayed

Infrastructure jobs account for 11 percent of U.S. employment, but the typical shovel-ready focus overlooks the much larger workforce needed for long-term operational jobs, a new report says...


1 Contract: 5 Years, 500 New Bridges

Pennsylvania officials are inviting four teams to submit proposals for one contract to replace more than 500 bridges in less than five years.


100-Foot Span Slides into Place

Progress on the new $103 million Milton-Madison Bridge project is sliding steadily forward—if, occasionally, in sideways fashion.


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


Maintenance, Highways Top DOT Bill

President Obama wants to put a $302 billion tourniquet on a federal transportation budget that is quickly bleeding itself dry and infuse new maintenance funds into aging infrastructure, the ...


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


U.S. Assets Get $9.3B to Spruce Up

U.S. border crossings and thousands of federal buildings will finally receive some long-overdue maintenance and repairs, green-lighted by the release of $9.3 billion in funds under the new a...


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Bridge, Tunnel Work Top 2014 Outlook

The new year should ring in increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including “record levels” of bridge and tunnel construction spending, a new analysis says.


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

Buckled and smashed infrastructure across the central Philippines is hampering the global effort to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate and homeless survivors of deadly Typhoon Haiyan. ...


After Sandy: Building for the Next Hit

One year after Hurricane Sandy crippled the East Coast, federal agencies have spent billions to rebuild damaged infrastructure but say there is more work to do—especially when it comes to pr...


Firms Plan Industrial Services Giant

Diversified global industrial company Harsco Corp. has announced the $300 million sale of its Infrastructure division into a $3 billion joint venture that will combine the business with Bran...


Sandy Sparks Remap of U.S. East Coast

The $50 billion in wreckage wrought last year by Hurricane Sandy has literally reshaped parts of the U.S. East Coast, prompting the federal government to remap vast sections of coastlines an...


PA Limits Weight on 1,000 Bridges

Struggling to manage the third-largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced plans to impose new "risk-based weigh...


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


Bid-Rigging Scandal Engulfs 15 Firms

Years of contract collusion involving six World Cup stadiums and hundreds of other public and private projects have 15 South African construction firms facing $140 million in potential fines...


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Flooding Erodes Bridge, Derails Train

A corroded bridge over a flooding river gave way, derailing a train carrying flammable petroleum products in Alberta.


GAO: 1 in 4 U.S. Bridges Deficient

Recent bridge collapses in Washington State, Missouri and elsewhere attest to more bottom-line bad news just delivered to Congress: A significant share of U.S. bridges is in dicey condition.


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


Feds Do the Math on Maintenance

“Pay now or pay later” is the mantra of those who support rigorous maintenance of bridges, highways and other infrastructure.


Historic Bridge Projects Get $3B Boost

Three major bridge projects connecting Staten Island and New Jersey have taken a $3 billion step forward, juiced by new funding approvals from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


Project Overruns Laid to Contractors

The general contractor’s “unreasonable” direction of subcontractors on an Air Force repaving project in Guam led to delays that will cost the parties millions of dollars, a federal judge has...


The Bus Stops Here ... for $1M

After 18 months and more than $1 million, Arlington, VA, has cut the ribbon on its newest piece of infrastructure: a bus stop.


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+

When the good news is that your grade has improved to a D+, there isn't much good news—but that is the current state of U.S. infrastructure, the nation's civil engineers say.


Obama Details ‘Fix it First’ Plan

Cutting red tape, increasing private investment, and designating $40 billion for urgent repairs are the three cornerstones of President Obama's new plan for U.S. infrastructure.


ASCE Reports on Infrastructure Gap

Without an extra $1.57 billion per year invested in U.S. infrastructure, the country will face a rough road ahead, according to a new report on infrastructure investment.


 
 
   

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