Bridge management systems leverage technology already deployed with building information modeling, taking advantage of big data to indicate the best kind of maintenance interventions. This makes for intelligent infrastructure and also leverages high-resolution imagery, mobile data capture and virtual and augmented reality.
Motiva, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, will invest $18 billion in oil refineries, chemical plants and general operations over the next five years in the Americas. The company declined to point to specific locations or projects, and it's unclear if the announcement was part of the same deal mentioned at the Saudi-US CEO Forum last week.
Construction could start soon on the $1 billion Hidden Ridge development in Irving, Texas. The project will include retail, hotel, office and residential space, and a new rail line will connect it with downtown Dallas and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The IHS Markit PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index indicates that both labor and materials/equipment costs rose in May, but at a slower rate than in recent months. This was the seventh consecutive month of increases.
Changing weather patterns can stress existing infrastructure. A paper in the Institution of Civil Engineering Journal of Forensic Engineering draws together "available information to provide a solid basis that can be used for future plans involving infrastructure."
Traffic on Colorado's E-470 increased 7% in 2016, the fourth straight year of increases. The E-470 Public Highway Authority started a $90 million project last year to widen a stretch of the road from four lanes to six, and it also has future expansion plans.
Kapsch TrafficCom has been awarded a $25 million contract to design, build, operate and maintain a tolling system in Rhode Island that will collect tolls from trucks. The system is expected to net the state $42.3 million per year after paying $2.5 million annually to Kapsch.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development discussed project details for the Jimmie Davis Bridge between Shreveport and Bossier City on Thursday, but the project might not go out to bid until 2020. The agency wants to build a four-lane bridge and is discussing the possibility of tolls to help fund the project, which could cost up to $100 million.
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has awarded a $25 million contract to CH2M Hill and Knight E/A to study route options for extending Route 53. The road will be paid for with toll revenue, but the project faces community opposition.
The Michigan Department of Transportation wants to implement connected vehicle technology on Interstate 75, and it has partnered with 3M. The agency is rebuilding 17 miles of the interstate, and the work with 3M will involve adding smart technology to road signs, adding vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and adding advanced markings to the road.