About 5,000 pounds of explosives helped demolish the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and the site will be soon be home to a 13-acre park and entertainment venue called the Home Depot Backyard. The stadium was no longer needed after construction of the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Bluefield Research says private companies in the US invested or have plans for $2 billion in water projects during the first half of 2017 and expects that trend will continue. Some people are skeptical that private investment is the best solution for the nation's aging water systems.
Congress is trying to formulate and pass a tax package before Christmas, and President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration will unveil a guideline of infrastructure principles soon after that. The guidelines would serve as a "building block" for any legislation.
Architecture, engineering and construction professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the Autodesk University event to discuss the future of technology in the industry. Five takeaways from the event were: Don't discount what you can learn from international projects; build smarter; watch for innovation in transportation; understand that automation is an opportunity; and embrace collaboration as the key to success.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for a $3.7 billion project that will expand Interstate 66 in Virginia to create two tolled and three free lanes in each direction. Express Mobility Partners is working on the public-private partnership, with the goals of reducing congestion and decreasing travel time.
Construction companies may have strict and well-observed safety rules but could still lack plans for a crisis. Susan Shelby and Peter Hillan explain how to prepare for the inevitable by spelling out potential risks as well as roles, protocols and communications processes to provide for rapid and ethically sound responses in these challenging situations.
The second phase of Singapore's giant Deep Tunnel Sewerage System launched Monday, advancing one of the world's largest sewage projects. When finished, gravity will flush used water through the project's enormous pipes from the western parts of the island to a new water reclamation plant, giving a boost to the city-state's water recycling and freeing up scarce land.
The Golden Gate Bridge has transitioned to all-electronic tolling, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District says it needs to open only five lanes of the eight-lane toll plaza to manage traffic. The agency has "found that this configuration helps moderate traffic flow through the plaza and reduces mishaps due to last-minute lane changes as vehicles approach the plaza."
Some Texas residents have pushed back against the use of tolling to pay for infrastructure, but a new group, Texans for Traffic Relief, is educating the public about the benefits of tolls. The group says that Texas must improve roads due to increasing congestion and that tolls are a way to help pay for improvements.
A 30-mile corridor of toll lanes on Interstates 75 and 575 in metro Atlanta will open in 2018, and the goal is to reduce commuting times in the city. The project will eventually expand to 120 miles of toll lanes, but the $834 million Northwest Corridor is the longest section built so far.
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