Construction is expected to start soon on a 47-story office tower in Houston. The building will have public gathering spaces, co-working areas and elevated atriums.
An offshore terminal to transport oil in the largest of crude-carrying ships is being planned near Houston and could cost between $1 billion and $2 billion. An 80-mile pipeline would connect to the terminal, but state and federal permits are needed before construction can begin.
The Southeast Technical Institute in South Dakota and Associated General Contractors of America have partnered on a project that matches high-school students with contractors. During the pre-apprenticeship program, students earn a wage and get exposure to the construction industry.
In the absence of sufficient federal funding, states and cities are addressing infrastructure issues through innovation aimed at improving public transit, reducing traffic and streamlining construction. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates $1.2 trillion will be needed over the next 10 years to fix the nation's roads, bridge and rail lines.
The Charlotte Area Transit System wants to spend as much as $7 billion to expand rail service in North Carolina, and consultant WSP has completed a study on potential rail routes. The agency also is considering bus rapid transit if it fails to negotiate access to a Norfolk Southern freight line.
Deepwater Wind is planning to build wind towers off the coast of Massachusetts and Maryland and soon will begin collecting wind direction, soil and geological data at the sites. The wind farms could be operational in 2022 and 2023
The Seattle building that houses the University of Washington's civil engineers and seismic experts is vulnerable to earthquakes. The engineers and experts, who advise the Washington State Department of Transportation on earthquake-vulnerable bridges, are housed in More Hall, which was built in 1946.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is conducting a public meeting tonight to collect public input regarding 18 recommendations for reducing congestion on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. Solutions being explored include adding toll lanes, expanding the use of HOV lanes and increasing transit capacity.
The Florida Department of Transportation has suspended payments to SunPass operator Conduent due to problems resulting from system upgrade complications. Florida Transportation Secretary Mike Dew wrote in a letter to Conduent that the company has to resolve a backlog of more than 100 million charges that have not been processed, handle current transactions in a timely manner and provide the state with documentation of each day's activity.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation notes that intelligent transportation systems and funding incentives to promote more tolling in states should be policy priorities. Tolling "can play a key role in generating the funding to pay for expanded, more efficient roadway capacity," the foundation notes.