With elevator issues resolved, the Washington Monument is set to reopen in September, the National Park Service said. The 555-foot-tall structure, which was the world's tallest when it was completed, has been closed to the public since August 2016.
Traffic on New York City's 14th Street could soon be limited as part of a project aimed at reducing congestion in the city under a pilot project that would force cars to turn off the busy road after one block. The plan was inspired by a similar pilot project in Toronto, Ontario, which has now been made permanent.
Elementary-schoolers in Carbondale, Pa., are learning about STEM subjects, Greek and Latin language and culture at a free STEM & Language camp taught by a local high-school senior. The young participants at the library-based camp spend their mornings learning about STEM topics such as engineering principles while afternoons are devoted to culture and language studies such as ancient Greek.
Air cargo volume fell by 4.8% in June, the eighth consecutive month with a decline or no change, according to an International Air Transport Association report that attributes the decrease to trade issues between the US and China. "The risk of further deterioration in global trade remains a key risk to the outlook for air cargo," the report says.
While cycling by adults has grown in popularity in recent years, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study shows that protected bike lanes are inconsistent in the level of safety they provide. While roughly 2% of road fatalities involved bicyclists -- up 25% since 2010 -- IIHS's Jessica Cicchino explains there are inconsistencies in protected lanes: "A cyclist on a protected lane at street level is likely to encounter vehicles at intersections, driveways and alleys more often than on a protected lane enclosed within a bridge or greenway."
Walls are going up on a Foxconn factory in Wisconsin that spans the equivalent of 17 football fields. Construction contracts worth $175 million have been awarded on the $10 billion project, providing 200 construction jobs.
More than 400 tons of lead in the roofing of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral was released into the air when the structure burned in April, raising toxicity concerns. Reconstruction was halted briefly as a result but has resumed with stricter controls.
Workers are laying the groundwork for "Chessie," a 308-foot-long boring machine that will clear a 43.5-foot-wide path for a two-lane tunnel under Thimble Shoal Channel in Virginia. The work is part of a project involving the 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and Chessie's part is expected to take about a year.
Manhattan Construction has completed 72% of the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field, which is expected to open in March. The ballpark features a 5.5-acre retractable roof with 19,000 tons of steel.
Use of virtual models of buildings to collect real-world information is gaining traction in construction, but it's important to remember a digital twin is a concept, not a singular product or software, tech executive Vijay Raghunathan says. Digital twins can be used for visualization, documentation, code compliance, analysis and planning, but they can be costly.
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