The California Department of Water Resources says the second phase of reconstruction at the Oroville Dam is scheduled to begin May 8. Some roller-compacted concrete in the spillway will be covered by 3 feet of steel-reinforced structural concrete and have a drainage system added beneath it, while some roller-compacted concrete walls will be removed and replaced with structural concrete.
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The ASCE Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award honors great projects that advance sustainability principles, such as 2017's winner, a downtown streetcar system in Kansas City, MO. Familiar with a project that would inspire further applications and innovations in sustainability? Submit it for the 2018 award.
Boston is considering congestion pricing to reduce traffic congestion, and Seattle sees the method as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and raise funds for public transit, while the New York Legislature did not pass a "cordon toll" for New York City. "Two cities on the United States' east and west coasts, both with epic local traffic problems, are considering congestion pricing as a way to get people and goods moving again," says Bill Cramer, communications director for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Technology is rapidly changing the transportation and trucking industries. Autonomous vehicles, GPS devices capable of responding to traffic complications and high-speed rail such as the Hyperloop are all expected to advance in the coming years.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits in the US fell for the week ended April 14 to 232,000, and the unemployment rate sits at 4.1%, according to the last figures from the Labor Department. Sustained job growth remains in place as the country added 103,000 jobs in March.
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The House is set to vote on a bill authorizing Federal Aviation Administration programs until 2023, but construction groups want to see Airport Improvement Program spending increased after years of "flat-level" funding. "Obviously, we'd like to see that [program] boosted up." said Brian Deery, a senior director at the Associated General Contractors of America.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has produced a six-year transportation plan that identifies more than 1,400 projects totaling $8.5 billion. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas says the plan will "improve safety, repair bridges and pavement and support job growth."
The US Army Corps of Engineers will spend up to $78 million on improving the Chickamauga Lock in Tennessee this year and may use $99.5 million in fiscal year 2019. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says Congress has increased a user fee on barges to help with funding for inland waterways, including the area of the Chickamauga Lock.
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