Amazon's growth plans include opening 517 new facilities, which will add 176 million square feet to its existing 402 million square feet, according to consulting firm MWPVL International. Amazon's warehouse and transportation network almost doubled in size in the 18 months ending in June, but the company still lacked enough space and workers at its warehouses and had to turn goods away as a result.
A toll bridge replacement could still be an option for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington, N.C., after an unsolicited proposal was nixed last week. The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution requesting that the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization investigate available funding options for the eventual replacement of the bridge.
In this Engineering News-Record podcast, North Carolina Turnpike Authority Executive Director J.J. Eden discusses tolling and mobility, how they have evolved and what the future may bring.
Interstate 240 currently covers a 16-mile stretch of highway in southern Oklahoma City, but could circle the city if a plan to extend I-240 by 75 miles moves forward. The plan's first step gained approval from the state Transportation Department this week, with the proposal to be sent to a special committee of Federal Highway Administration and American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials for review.
Chicago now has 100 bus shelters equipped with sensors to measure temperature, humidity and air quality. People can use a QR code to access the collected data on a website developed by Microsoft, which worked with outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux on the project.
Deadly floods in Western Europe and China's Henan province have damaged railways that transport raw materials and finished goods, putting more stress on global supply chains. "Consumer electronics, dorm room furniture, clothing and appliances will all continue to be in short supply as back-to-school shopping starts up, and will trickle into the peak holiday shopping season," said Pawan Joshi, executive vice president at supply chain software company E2open.
Multiple startups have begun offering grocery delivery in 15 minutes or less in New York. Germany-based Jokr and Gorillas are both active in the city and plan to expand to more US markets, while Fridge No More debuted in its home base of Brooklyn and is expanding to Manhattan.
California residents could soon take a free ride in an Argo AI autonomous vehicle, which will have a human operator on boarde, thanks to a recent permit. Eight other companies have received similar permits to operate self-driving vehicles in the state.
The Biden administration is expected to unveil new standards for vehicle emissions this week and will reportedly call for automakers to make at least 40% of their vehicles electric by 2030. Several automakers, including GM and Ford, have already planned to increase electric vehicle production.
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