Lane Construction and parent Webuild have signed a $16 billion contract with Texas Central to supervise heavy construction of a Dallas-to-Houston bullet train. The project is expected to employ 17,000 workers.
Installation of partially prefabricated steel trusses marks the beginning of construction on an elevated walkway for an automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport. Engineers have opted for a Vierendeel truss design to remove the need for diagonal supports.
Development projects are transforming the area around Fenway Park in Boston, making it one of the busiest construction zones in a city where development is rampant. Scott Van Voorhis reviews some of the more prominent projects, including the pioneering residential and retail work of developer Steve Samuels.
Florida's Howard Frankland Bridge, which spans Old Tampa Bay, has frustrated motorists for decades with perpetually snarled traffic, but relief might be on the way. An $865.3 million project is building another bridge nearby while updating the existing span.
Revenue-needy airports are monitoring progress on President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, which includes $25 billion to make a dent in a $115 billion backlog of projects. Airports are also calling for an increase in the federally determined Passenger Facility Charge on tickets, which has stayed at $4.50 for the past 20 years.
The world will triple liquefaction capacity if every proposed liquefied natural gas project comes online, but most LNG projects likely will not be built because of waning investor interest, according to an International Gas Union report. The report cites the toll the pandemic has taken on gas markets and the subsequent response from developers.
A new method uses artificial intelligence to speed the laborious task of mapping bedrock for infrastructure surveying. The EMerald Geomodelling system requires comparatively few drilling surveys over miles of territory to map bedrock with an error of no more that 7 feet as much as nearly 2,000 feet below the surface.
A combination of accelerated roadwork and faster driving during the pandemic has increased work zone crashes during the past year, despite reduced traffic. To counter the trend, officials are introducing technology to alert workers to hazards, while states are reducing and enforcing work zone speed limits.
Maine is requiring more tightly sealed and better insulated buildings to curb energy usage, effective in July. To get contractors up to speed, the state is holding training webinars and is offering online pointers and software for calculating how to stay in line with the rules.
Toll payment systems will need to evolve as tolling expands in road funding systems, writes Harold Worrall of PayTollo. In this article, Worrall examines how accuracy, availability, immediate response back-office systems and other factors will play roles in the future of toll payment systems.
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