President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that is geared mostly toward immediate work on vaccine distribution and individual financial relief but includes funds for local governments, transit systems and school construction. Biden intends to follow up with a second plan in February that likely will include a greater focus on infrastructure.
Louisiana officials are weighing a proposed Interstate 10 interchange in Ascension Parish as they negotiate with the owner of land key to the project. A 2015 study put a $35 million price tag on the interchange, but it could cost more.
A project to build a lengthy causeway and a deepwater basin at the port in Nome, Alaska, has advanced with congressional approval. The Arctic Deep Draft project, estimated at $505.23 million, is entering the design phase as it seeks funding.
Burns & McDonnell Caribbean has been selected to manage a rebuild of Puerto Rico's power grid, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The multibillion-dollar project will also modernize the grid and replace a patchwork of repairs made since the hurricane.
A 53-mile electricity transmission corridor is beginning to take shape in Maine, with access-road plowing and equipment staging underway. Clearing is expected to begin Monday for the New England Clean Energy Connect, which requires a 54-foot-wide path for power lines.
Unexpected "poor soils" in the Minneapolis section of a light-rail line under construction will delay the line's completion beyond a target date of 2023, according to the Metropolitan Council. It's unclear whether the delay will raise the cost of the 14.5-mile project.
The rapid advance of sustainability, data and automation technologies is transforming infrastructure markets and creating disruptions that are only compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, write Blair Chalmers, director at Marsh & McLennan Advantage, and Lawrence Slade, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association. As a result, the magnitude of change will require more than government investment can provide, creating promising new opportunities for the private sector.
It's largely a mystery where vast global volumes of wastewater containing human excreta go, posing a grave threat to the environment that will only worsen with climate change, writes Jacqueline Thomas, lecturer in Environmental and Humanitarian Engineering at the University of Sydney. What's needed is more and better data to begin to address the problem and meet a United Nations target for clean water and sanitation by 2030.
Utah State University is looking to build the state's status as a testing center for electric vehicles as it seeks funding to upgrade the school's Electric Vehicle and Roadway building. Seen as a way to help Utah become the nation's "epicenter" for transportation electrification, the work would require as much as $9.2 million.
Regulated by state authorities, developers in Florida would be able to quickly launch projects that could endanger the state's extensive wetlands. That's the fear cited by environmental groups launching a federal court challenge against a decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency to surrender primary regulatory authority for such matters to Florida officials.
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