Bob Luckett, a Vietnam vet, worked as a mason before founding and selling a construction company, and he has started Veteran's Next Mission to help veterans gain employment in the construction industry. Trainees get experience on a construction site, where Luckett believes their hardiness and grit will shine through.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia approved a six-year plan that allocates $18.6 billion over six years to more than 3,600 projects. More than $15 billion will go to highway projects and $3.4 billion will go to public transit and rail work.
The combined sewer system in St. John's, Ontario, was constructed out of inlaid stone and mortar in the 1800s, and the city wants to upgrade the infrastructure with cured-in-place-pipe. Work will begin in 2018 with a goal of five separate projects.
A new study shows that Reduced Conflict Intersections save lives, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The design does not allow drivers to turn left and cross a major road, instead establishing U-turn areas.
Solar arrays, geothermal heat pumps and a chilled-beam system are among the features of the first building going up on Cornell University's technology campus on New York's Roosevelt Island. The four-story, net-zero structure draws on nearby sources for its energy needs, including 400-foot-deep closed-loop geothermal wells and a tank to harvest rainwater.
Miami-Dade County commissioners recently voted to oppose an extension of State Road 836, and Louis Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, contends that that was a poor economic decision. The authority, he says, never wanted to change the Urban Growth Boundary of the region, and a recent survey showed that toll customers supported using toll revenues to fund the extension.
The former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Joseph Lhota, will return to the authority and serve as chairman. New York City's transit system has been plagued by numerous issues recently, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointment of Lhota is thought to be an attempt to exert control over the transit agency, something some board members oppose.
Traffic on Cape Cod can be terrible, especially in the summer, and the Sagamore and Bourne bridges are major bottlenecks. The addition of a new one-way toll bridge has been suggested, but shelved, and the Army Corps of Engineers is studying options to mitigate congestion.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the site of construction for the Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi toll road in West Java and said that "progress is very good." The first 9-mile section of the road is 36.5% done and should be completed by the end of the year.
The American Center for Mobility is building a $110 million testing ground for autonomous and connected vehicles in Michigan's Ypsilanti Township. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this year; it will include a 2.5-mile loop and a tunnel.