Crews expect to complete the arch closure for India's Chenab Bridge next month, marking a milestone for what will be the world's highest railway span, rising 1,178 feet above the Chenab River. Located in the Himalayas, the bridge is designed to withstand high winds, earthquakes and terrorist bombings.
Local public safety officials including the sheriff, fire chief and detention center head all agree that a 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate among emergency responders is critical to public safety, says Dona Ana County, N.M., Manager Fernando Macias. Some staffers have raised concerns about a policy requiring all county first responders to get vaccinated, saying the vaccine is still experimental and shouldn't be mandatory.
Climate change factors will guide lawmakers as they formulate a reauthorization of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, say Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. Democrats have suggested the highway policy could be wrapped into broader legislation for infrastructure funding.
The US Chamber of Commerce and four counterparts in Kentucky and Ohio have called for urgent federal and state action to repair the Brent Spence Bridge. It could cost $2.5 billion to fix the bridge, which the American Transportation Research Institute has identified as the second-worst trucking bottleneck in the US.
More railroads are part of a plan to expand the port in Charleston, S.C., under a state Senate bill to borrow as much as $550 million for the project. The state House, however, is expected to modify the bill amid disagreements about the need to borrow.
Developing the necessary labor force and supporting infrastructure are among factors leaders in New Hampshire are weighing as they consider offshore wind power. Turbines proposed well offshore are seen as not only a promising source of energy but also a source of jobs and economic development.
Baltimore can develop a light-rail line similar to the Purple Line under construction in the Washington, D.C., area if officials make it attractive to private investors, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said during a US Senate hearing. Hogan had come under fire for canceling a $2.9 billion light-rail project in Baltimore in 2015, but the governor said that plan "didn't really provide any type of a system."
Solar panels are coming to vast stretches of urban transit surfaces to power local facilities and, when there is excess energy to sell, revenue. One example is the 16-acre expanse of panels planned for a parking lot at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
SmartTake: JFK airport's 12.3-megawatt solar project is a great example of a transport agency acting like a business. Other agencies should emulate it, especially given that many face depressed revenues due to the pandemic and a future dominated by electric transport.
More than 300 projects globally are pursuing economical production of "green" hydrogen as a fuel source with methods to extract the gas that require little or no carbon emissions. Mary B. Powers examines some of these projects and the stiff challenges ahead.
The FloodNet.nyc project aims to pinpoint and document street flooding across New York City as climate change brings rising sea levels and more severe rainstorms. In an interview, leaders discuss the project, which could yield more granular data than currently available from non-catastrophic events.
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