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8/26/2016

The Texas Transportation Commission plans to spend $70 billion on infrastructure projects over the next decade to help reduce congestion and enhance mobility across the state.

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Houston Public Media
8/26/2016

The 350-foot-tall Arrowrock Dam near Boise, Idaho, featured innovative engineering ideas when it was constructed 101 years ago as the world's highest dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently named it a national historic civil engineering landmark.

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8/26/2016

The National Football League's Oakland Raiders have released plans for a $1.9 billion stadium project in Las Vegas, where the team hopes to relocate. The team would fund $500 million worth of the project and will seek outside money for the rest.

8/26/2016

The waffle slab has fallen out of favor with many designers, but writer Lloyd Alter said this week's National Waffle Day is a reason to celebrate the innovative architectural technique.

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8/26/2016

Architect Zaha Hadid designed the One Thousand Museum's 700-foot tower under construction in Miami. About 10,000 cubic yards of concrete has been placed for the foundation of the building, which will have a glass-fiber-reinforced concrete facade.

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8/26/2016

Two bridge construction projects in Wisconsin are using the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system, or GRS-IBS, developed by the Federal Highway Administration. The process, which is suitable for single spans over water, decreases construction time and cuts costs while yielding a better bridge.

8/26/2016

Traffic congestion declined slightly between 2014 and 2015, the US Department of Transportation's 2015 Urban Congestion Trends Report states. The report also highlights several successful traffic-management solutions.

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USDOT
8/25/2016

Work is underway on a $1 billion commuter-rail project to connect Fort Worth with North Richland Hills, Grapevine and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. The project is not yet fully funded, but the Fort Worth Transportation Authority received the go-ahead to start from the federal government.

8/25/2016

Lack of funding and heavy bureaucracy mean many Italian builders pay no attention to anti-seismic building codes, as evidenced by the devastation caused by Wednesday's earthquake. Seventy percent of the country's structures don't meet seismic-protection standards.

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Italy
8/25/2016

Tennessee's Nashville International Airport has cut its energy consumption by more than 50% since it switched to a geothermal energy system that uses a water-filled former quarry as a cooling source. The lake plate system is unique in North America.