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Sustainability can be fun. That's the goal of one of two new ASCE student competitions for the 2018-19 academic year -- a quest to build the best sustainable doghouse. The other engages students in innovative thinking through a contest to create the student competition of the future. Get details on each competition.
Research suggests successful innovation relies on high-level support and a lack of internal infighting, writes Soren Kaplan. "Continually look for ways to bring in other perspectives from within the company and make it the responsibility of people at every level to think about innovation within the business," he writes.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has said his opponent would like to impose a per-mile tax on vehicle travel. J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, said he's willing to discuss ideas for funding road improvements but denied that he is planning a per-mile tax.
A viaduct that brings Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse is decaying, and planners are unsure whether to address the problem with a tunnel, a redesigned street grid or a new highway overpass. At $3.6 billion, the tunnel is the most expensive of the three options, and conversations revolve around whether the idea is feasible.
Construction on a $2 billion light-rail line connecting Los Angeles International Airport to L.A.'s Crenshaw area is about five months behind, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The 8.5-mile line is about 86% finished, but electrical work has slowed the timeline.
Oglethorpe Power says a cost cap or other safeguards against overruns must be put in place before it will continue working on the Plant Vogtle nuclear power expansion project, now estimated at about $27 billion. Georgia Southern and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia own stakes in the project and have stated a willingness to continue construction without a cap.
Water tests on the Cape Fear River revealed no elevated levels of arsenic, lead, selenium or other toxic coal ash metals, Duke Energy says. Hurricane Florence caused a dam in Wilmington, N.C., to break, releasing 400,000 tons of coal ash into the river.
Smart city technology should be implemented to address citizen needs, whether that be access to reliable transportation or building trust in the government, Philadelphia Chief Information Officer Mark Wheeler says. "In communities that have problems getting licenses, or accessing 911, we can be intentional about the fact that we're trying to respond to their needs as best we can," he adds.
Construction on the 2,798-foot Gordie Howe International Bridge could start next month, and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority is expected this week to reveal projected costs and an estimated opening date. Construction consortium Bridging North America General Partnership is trying to secure construction bonds to finance the project, which will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.
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