Achieving companywide accountability is a challenge for construction company owners and managers, but it's possible through detailed job descriptions and goal tracking. Projects goals must be easily accessible and should cover important aspects, such as budget, project schedules, production results, quality, safety and customer satisfaction.
No determination has been made yet on the cause of Tuesday's collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, that took 39 lives. But New Civil Engineer's founding editor, Sydney Lenssen, believes that a number of "unusual" structural components, such as sectioned -- and therefore corrosion-conducive -- concrete casing, could have contributed to the bridge's failure.
The American Society of Civil Engineers examined hurricane flood damage in Texas and has recommended a coordinated effort to create minimum standards to manage flood risk from new development across the state. The report also suggests that the Texas Legislature provide funding for flood control measures.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has halted work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline but is allowing needed repairs to stabilize sites along the route while the work stoppage is in effect. EQT Midstream Partners is confident it can work with federal agencies to restart construction.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. plans to build a 3.6-mile tunnel underneath Los Angeles and transport people on eight- to 16-passenger pods. The tunnel will stop at Dodger Stadium, but the number of passengers will be limited to 2.5% of stadium's capacity during the pilot phase's measured approach.
North Carolina Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon recommended revisions to a 26-mile toll lane project on Interstate 77 that include discounts for frequent users, upgrades to the shoulder to increase capacity, and the possibility of converting one lane from tolled to nontolled on a segment of the project. An advisory group had recommended that the state buy out management company Cintra, but Trogdon said doing so is not feasible.
Congestion has decreased "[e]very place where variable tolls have been implemented systemwide," writes Bruce Starr, a Republican who served in the Oregon state legislature. Vehicle fees and gas taxes would not be as effective as dynamic pricing, Starr writes.
Patrick Brockie, chairman of Infrastructure New Zealand, suggests implementing tolling to manage congestion in Auckland and says polling shows support. "Dynamic tolling (which can vary pricing based on traffic flows) allows even greater control over the outcomes our city needs," Brockie writes.
Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Tony Evers, supports tolling as an option to improve infrastructure in the state. Evers also said he would consider increasing gas taxes.
A city council in the UK has removed tolls for electric vehicles crossing the Itchen Bridge in an attempt to reduce pollution. Electric vehicles account for 1% of traffic, and the move is expected to reduce toll revenue by $40,610 in the first year.