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8/14/2020

Missouri transportation officials have selected Robertson Contractors for a $21.3 million contract to oversee more than 15 bridge improvement projects. The work is part of the Bootheel Bridge Bundle design-build project, the director of which says 10 bridges might eventually be added.

8/14/2020

West Virginia's Hawks Nest Reservoir will be lowered 25 feet next month to accommodate inspection of the 3.1-mile Hawks Nest Tunnel, which serves as a conduit for a hydroelectric plant. It will be the manmade tunnel's first inspection since 1936.

8/14/2020

Denver's new transportation plan gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. The plan includes traffic-slowing speed bumps and traffic circles as well as more shared streets blocked off to cars.

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KUSA-TV (Denver)
8/14/2020

Atlanta's recently formed Department of Transportation has a full agenda to make its transportation systems safe, equitable and sustainable, writes Zak Accuardi. The department is aiming to create transit-only lanes on three transit corridors while spurring efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and to modernize parking and transportation demand management programs.

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NRDC
8/14/2020

Waukesha, Wis., has secured a $137 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for a project that aims to give residents access to safer water from Lake Michigan. The project includes construction of drinking water infrastructure and work on pumps and pipes to transport treated wastewater.

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WIFIA
8/14/2020

Historic events, most notably the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, provide important lessons on how to achieve greater urban resilience against fire with codes and standards, writes Mackenzie Hill, a senior fire protection engineer at Arup. Hill explores issues addressed by codes, how they relate to other hazards and how such factors are embraced in the new City Resilience Index.

8/14/2020

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., has reached a milestone with completion of the arches. Construction on the $441 million project began in 2018, and the bridge is expected to open in late 2021.

8/14/2020

Construction has begun in Brownsville, Texas, on the nearly 2-mile, $25.6 million South Port Connector Road, which is meant to improve access to the Port of Brownsville. The road is expected to open in late 2021.

8/14/2020

Unspecified "corrective action" is needed on a $13 billion cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, according to the US Energy Department. Contractors BWX Technologies and Fluor are managing the 10-year project, which involves dozens of waste storage tanks underground.

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8/14/2020

Akron, Ohio, has launched the Hazel Storage Basin for sewage overflow 161 days ahead of schedule and 20% under budget. The basin, originally estimated to cost $35 million, forms part of a $1 billion sewer project required by the federal government.