Weekly Poll (18)


Last month, the contractor working on the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, submitted potential solutions to design concerns on the project. Do you believe the proposed design changes will be sufficient to address the structural concerns?


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently recommended approving the surrender of the Klamath River Dam license in California, including its decommission and removal. Do you agree with the recommendation?


Construction is set to resume on the long-delayed Purple Line Light Rail Transit Project in Maryland later this month. Do you think the project will face any more lengthy setbacks as it continues?


After a two-year break, a fundraising campaign to paint a water tower in Hamburg, New York, as a hamburger has returned, with hopes to boost economic development and tourism in the area. Do you believe the campaign will reach its goal this time around?


At the beginning of the month, construction start-up Alquist 3D announced plans to build 200 homes in the southwest region of Virginia as part of “Project Virginia,” the world’s largest 3D-printed construction project. Do you believe that 3D-printed housing will help solve the housing crisis in rural and underserved areas of America?


President Joe Biden signed a new executive order requiring the use of project labor agreements for projects costing more than $35 million. The new requirement is expected to boost the quality of federal construction projects. Do you believe this order will make procurement more economical and efficient?


Co-founder and Chief Executive Josh Giegel of American transport tech company Virgin Hyperloop recently announced that commercial operations could happen as early as 2027. Do you think this estimation is accurate?


Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Texas) has recently proposed new legislation regarding the relaunch of construction on the U.S-Mexico border wall and other border security enhancement projects within the state. If passed, do you foresee the border wall projects receiving reimbursement from the federal government?


Recently, two court-mandated engineering reports found that an 18-foot-high section of the border wall in Mission, Texas, was at risk of failure should the structure endure a “high flow event” from the nearby Rio Grande River. To mediate the structure’s current erosion and concrete cracking, nonprofit Fisher Sand and Gravel plans to conduct increased inspections, plant grasses and add a layer of rocks. Do you think the plan will work to resolve the issues?


In September, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic issued a Request for Proposals worth up to $5 billion in foreign and domestic construction projects for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Global Contingency Construction Multiple Award Contract. However, the contracts’ incumbent expiration date isn’t until March 2024. Do you think the early RFP will provide the Navy with more project flexibility?


Recently, New York officials announced that the Hudson River rail tunnel project had climbed $275 million in price and delayed the project’s start date by another year. Still requiring the approval for a February 2018 draft environmental impact statement and confirmed financial backing, do you believe the project will stay on the new timeframe?


In May, President Donald J. Trump officially gave the order to senior adviser Jared Kushner and associated aides to seek cost estimates for coating the United States-Mexico border wall. Do you think coating the wall will be a benefit to the infrastructure?


Last month, Germany firm Muehlhan began applying new coatings to the roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5-miles-long) cable-stayed Øresund Bridge. Slated to take 13 years and an estimated 300,000-400,000 liters (79,000-106,000 gallons) of black paint to complete, do you think the project will meet its deadline?


Last month, a new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states. The report aims to provide an assessment of the current construction project pipeline, based on various data collected from the 10 key states over a five-year span. Do you think the study will help improve future construction methods?


In June, ground broke on the $2 billion, 170-mile passenger South Florida Rail Project, which will connect Orlando and South Florida. Expected to remove 3 million cars from Florida roadways between the points of travel, do you believe the infrastructure will pay for itself?


Late last month, North Dakota-based contractor claimed that his company could build 234 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for $1.4 billion, a fraction of the funding requested by the president. Do you think that we will see other companies speaking up to compete for a cheaper solution?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


 
 
   

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