A 21-mile project to widen and improve Interstate 4 near Orlando, Fla., is 35% complete and scheduled for completion in 2021. Crews at the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate Project must still replace 140 bridges and add tolled express lanes.
Caltrain applied for $650 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to electrify a train system in San Francisco, but the FTA has delayed its decision after the project faced opposition from congressional Republicans. The agency said it will wait to decide on the grant until after President Donald Trump issues his budget.
Walbridge says the use of precast concrete and prefabricated components are vital parts of its lean construction program. The company also uses building information modeling to reduce waste and manage off-site projects.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed two whistleblower defense lawsuits against companies it says fired workers for reporting safety violations. The lawsuits seek reinstatement or front pay, compensation of costs and expungement of personnel files for those who filed the claims.
Rep. Dan Lipinski, R-Illinois, is one of only a few engineers in Congress, and he works to advance engineering as a profession. When introducing a resolution recently to support National Engineers Week, he said, "I applaud all engineers for what they contribute to our nation, and I especially want to thank everyone involved in the various activities that help to inspire the engineers of tomorrow who will devise solutions to many of the problems we face today."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Trump administration could soon offer recommendations for an infrastructure bill, which would need to be written by several legislative committees. Trump's original plan relied primarily on private investment to fund $1 trillion worth of infrastructure projects, but it's unclear what form the recommendations will take.
Some projects are under construction or in the pipeline at the $3 billion Legacy West project in Plano, Texas, and some have been completed. "This coming year, many of the long-awaited projects such as Toyota, Liberty Mutual and a plethora of dining and shopping opportunities will be available," said Harry LaRosiliere, the mayor of Plano.
Three environmental groups are asking a judge to reconsider his Feb. 17 decision to allow preliminary work on the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania. A full hearing on the environmentalists' petition is set for March 1, but the judge's ruling allows the company to begin some right-of-way work before that.
Smartphones and other electronic devices often lead to distracted pedestrians, but a pilot project in the Netherlands uses LED light strips to refocus their attention. The lights on the pavement turn from green to red, depending on whether it's safe to cross the street.
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