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11/15/2019

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has released a $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan that prioritizes high-speed rail, transit, pedestrian structures, clean energy research and electric-vehicle charging stations. Instead of raising the gas tax to fund the plan, Biden wants to eliminate tax loopholes, increase taxes on the wealthy and eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.

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11/15/2019

Pennsylvania has approved 141 infrastructure projects that will receive $79.3 million under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The projects span 42 counties and will improve traffic safety, roads, trails, rail, public transportation and air travel.

11/15/2019

The Massachusetts Port Authority has received $20 million to cover one-third of the cost of refurbishing Boston's Paul W. Conley Container Terminal. The project is one of 55 receiving funding from a pool of $900 million from the US Transportation Department.

11/15/2019

The Charlotte, N.C., City Council has approved a $50 million contract for WSP USA for initial design and environmental work on the 26-mile Silver Line light rail. The contract lets the city cease work at any point, and the Charlotte Area Transit System hopes to have a clear picture of the project's cost and how to pay for it in five years, CATS CEO John Lewis says.

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WSP, WSP USA
11/15/2019

Michigan could create almost 90,000 direct, full-time job-years if it spends an extra $12.2 billion over 20 years to upgrade freshwater and stormwater infrastructure, according to a report by advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The need for an upgrade is acute in Detroit, where about 80% of transmission and distribution infrastructure in the combined water system is at least 80 years old.

11/15/2019

James E. Casto looks at the stories behind some of the most notable spans in West Virginia, including a long-span wire-cable suspension bridge in Wheeling that is an ASCE Historical Civil Engineering Landmark. The state is also home to the New River Gorge Bridge, which was the world's largest single-arch steel span until 2003.

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Wheeling Suspension Bridge
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A pilot program at a ranch in Manatee County, Fla., will test an enhanced form of biochar as a more potent solution for filtering pollutants before they can enter waterways. The process, developed by civil engineer Steve Suau, involves adding magnesium to the heating process to increase the biochar's adhesiveness.

11/15/2019

Roya Nasimi, a structural engineering doctoral candidate at the University of New Mexico, is part of a team developing what she calls "reference free, non-contact dynamic displacement measurements" for aging railroad bridges. Nasimi and a team from the university's Smart Management of Infrastructure Laboratory are using a large drone with an array of sensors that collect data used for structural condition assessments.

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University of New Mexico
11/15/2019

Connecticut state Senate Republicans are suggesting a reliance on borrowing instead of 14 proposed toll gantries to support transportation improvements. Borrowing and tapping into a budget surplus likely would cause "the state's economy to remain stuck in low gear," writes the editorial board of The Day.

11/15/2019

This guide to navigating the new high-occupancy-vehicle restrictions that take effect Sunday on Interstate 395 from Springfield, Va., to the Washington, D.C., line covers toll pricing and changes to the exchange at the Pentagon. The guide also examines how to use the E-ZPass Flex, access for motorcyclists and transit options.