The $76 billion budget proposed by the Trump administration would cut the Department of Transportation's "discretionary" budget by 12.7%, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the overall cuts would amount to $206 billion less in infrastructure spending by the government. The proposal would also eliminate nearly $500 million of USDOT's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants.
California has sustained more than $1 billion in damage to roads because of wet winter weather. The latest came from the state's biggest landslide to date, which dumped a 40-foot layer of dirt and rock onto Highway 1 in Big Sur.
The Crossrail project in the UK shows how drones can cut costs by saving time and reducing the need for human labor during inspections. "The bottom line difference UAV technology can make today in construction tunnel environments is quantifiable, but the true potential of the technology is just beginning to be explored," writes Jeremiah Karpowicz.
One of the biggest changes to the American Institute of Architects' standardized contract forms is making insurance and bond provisions an exhibit to agreements. The change streamlines document revision if necessary, an attorney says.
A Nevada Senate bill is moving forward without an amendment to set requirements for outreach to small contractors working on construction of the Raiders football stadium in Las Vegas. The amendment would have clarified that companies must meet state bonding requirements to be involved, and a senator says it would have helped the state reach a 15% threshold for small-business participation.
Little Caesars Arena, to be home to the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons, originally was estimated to cost $450 million, but that has ballooned to $863 million, due to the cost of moving the Pistons and public subsidies for the 50-block District Detroit that will include businesses, parks, restaurants and bars.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Orlando, Fla., for KPMG's $400 million, 800,000-square-foot training facility on 55 acres. Classroom, meeting, dining and residential spaces will be included.
Many municipalities rely on motorists' reports of potholes to know where repairs are needed, but Thing for Things has developed a device that can be attached to city vehicles to collect information about road conditions. GPS coordinates are gathered, and the data indicates the severity of the issue, which could lead to faster road repairs.
President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan would inject $200 billion into infrastructure projects to help incentivize private-sector participation to bring the total investment to $1 trillion. Regulations would be streamlined, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act expanded, and tolling on interstates less restricted, giving states another tool to use if they chose to, says Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA.
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